So how do you feel when someone else speaks for you? As an Adventist, I do not always get to put across exactly what I'd want to about my chosen denomination. And this week, our blogesphere has gone rampant as our newest famous convert gets to define my churches image in the press over the next few days.
These are scary times. As a church we often fight over which brand of Adventism is portrayed to the public - are we a loving, gender inclusive, people serving organization - or are we truth telling, finger wagging marginalized freaks?
Which is more prominent - faith, hope or love? Or is it prophecy, beasts and vegetarianism? How will we be known?
All the "in house" arguments get put aside now for a little while, as what Angus portrays will be what most of America notices.
And so far, it's not been all bad. I've been impressed with this young man, for someone so young, he comes across a real thinker, and when facts are used, our church doesn't appear to taking too much advantage of his fame.
So for now, perhaps I'd be advised to put aside my own agenda and hopes for my church and my world and support this young man, along with any like him, as he searches for meaning in his life, and as he takes a stand for what he believes is true and right.
This Christianity Today article is probably my favorite: Here
And I liked the Adventists headquarters official statement too: Here
Also - I'm not the first to say it - but a name like A T Jones... come on, it's just too good right?