President Ted Wilson Talks About Unity

Posted on May 18, 2011


Drawing inspiration from a song by Nairobi Station Pathfinders, Pastor Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, continued to spread the message of revival and reformation in his keynote sermon delivered on Sabbath, April 23, 2011, to a 3,000-member congregation at the Nairobi Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, in the Kenyan capital. In his message Wilson called for leaders to exercise unity and humility as they carried out their work for God’s glory. [READ MORE]  [PHOTO BELOW: Edward Onyango\ECD]

I am glad to see that President Ted Wilson is continuing to talk about revival and reformation.  While in Kenya, Wilson “called for leaders to exercise unity… as they carried out their work for God’s glory.”  The words sound good, but I would love to see him back them up with some action.  Here it is 2011 and we are still a segregated Church.  Shame on us!

Desegregation is not rocket science.  We need to retire a few “white” folks in all of our “state” conferences and make sure we have a healthy blend of white, Hispanic, Asian, black, etc. leaders.  For example: Pennsylvania state does not need Pennsylvania Conference of SDA and Alleghany East Conference of SDA active in the same state.  This division of conferences causes us to have white churches and black churches… white schools and black schools in a country where segregation was done away with many years ago.

There is nothing wrong with having churches and schools that are populated with all white or all black or all Hispanic or all Asian members.  If the demographics cause or allow some churches and schools to be all one or the other… that is ok.  The problem is at the local conference level.  There is no reason for us to have segregated conferences.  Think about it… we do not have segregated Unions or Divisions.

The time has come for us to stop sitting on the sidelines in our churches and get serious about two things…

1.  Creating a “healthy” church family to invite the lost into (which includes desegregation).

2.  Sharing our faith with others.  If our churches are “safe” places for us and others to get to know Jesus, we will be eager to invite others to Sabbath School, church, and other visitor-friendly events. 

UNITY – It sure sounds good, but what are you going to do to make it a reality?