DC Adventists for Social Action

*Disclaimer: The views expressed on this blog and post are mine and mine alone, but I'd like to think it is aligned with the Seventh-day Adventist mission.* 


"Here's how we can help!"
"Please pray!" 

What does this sampling of hashtags and phrases have in common? They are all opportunities to:

  • Speak up
  • Rise up
  • Be present
  • Help others
 Let's see what the Bible has to say about this:

 Isaiah 1:17 ESV
"Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. "

1 John 3:17-18 ESV
"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."

Jeremiah 22:3 ESV

"Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place."

 Proverbs 31:9 ESV

"Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Romans 12:15 NIV
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."

Psalm 82:3 ESV

"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute."

Those are a lot of supporting Bible verses, right? Well, there are plenty more where that came from and we see that it should be an important part of our walk with God. 
In other words, What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)? I say we revive that popular 1990's phrase! 
My heart has been burdened for a couple years now (but has intensified this year) because of the lack of major Adventist presence at Washington, DC area rallies/protests/demonstrations/vigils/walkouts/interfaith activities and also governmental-interfaith programs that assist the community.

Do you know how many times I have attended a rally and have witnessed the Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Jewish communities standing with the people and not have our denomination present? Sadly I've lost track of how many times it has been. It pierces my heart each time to not have a visible Adventist presence because I know we are also a bunch who love Christ and others wholeheartedly. And no, I'm not saying Adventists are not out there assisting others or standing with the people because I know there are (including me), but there is no visible presence like these other wonderful denominations have. 

Most recently I was accepted into a competitive inter-faith government program that will assist others (will share more about it at a later time) and am the only Adventist. At the information session (before any of us could apply) there were at least 75 individuals in the room. The government officials made everyone state their name, religion, and why they were interested. Wouldn't you know that as folks stated their information I heard Church of Latter Day Saints, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Pentacostal more than once and Adventist only once?! I was the ONLY Seventh-day Adventist in the room and while I was extremely proud and honored to represent my denomination, I was heartbroken that I was the only one. This needs to change. 

I am committed to stop my griping (about the lack of major support of Adventists) and #dosomething about it. I am launching a Facebook page, DC Adventists for Social Action (DCASA), for the greater Washington, DC area where I will funnel all the information I am aware of (protests/rallies/vigils/walkouts/demonstrations, opportunities to help others in our area and nationally, seminars to learn more to then educate the community, inter-faith activities, etc.) so we can come together as Adventists for the greater good. There is power in numbers! It is time to RISE UP, DC Adventists! It is time to #dosomething!

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