Dreams Sacrificed (Part 4 of 6)
The Dream Crumbles
Our dreams were right on course: happy marriage, successful dental practice, new home, and by 1980 we had two children, Jake and Zach. Judy and I were attending church at the Carson City Seventh-day Adventist church. We were concerned that we should "train up our children in the way that they should go," as the Bible advocates.
The photo at left is a poster from the Canadian province of Ontario. It depicts what all Seventh-day Adventists fear: Sunday Laws or Blue Laws.
Cooking classes, stop-smoking clinics and health lectures are usually 7th-day Adventists' best foot forward to the public, and are usually the subjects people think about when a 7th-day Adventist is mentioned. But once a new interested party attends one of these, they will eventually be contacted and invited to either Bible Studies or a Daniel and Revelation Seminar. It's all in the name 7th-Day Adventist. We believed in the soon coming and return of Jesus to the Earth, and we believed that keeping the seventh day of the week as a Sabbath of rest was the final test of loyalty for believers in the last days. It is not often talked about, but Ellen G. White, the church's special messenger, claimed to have a vision that showed that those who did not come out of the other Protestant churches and did not join the Advent Movement, rejoicing in the hallowed sacredness of the 7th-day (Saturday) Sabbath, were in fact being led by the unholy influence of Satan.
Further, Seventh-day Adventists believe that, following mild Sunday Laws like those depicted above, stricter laws will be enforced by our national congress to honor Sunday. They still believe that, in the United States, a national law requiring honor to Sunday as a holy day, enforced by a death decree, will cause true believers to flee to the mountains.
Here we were pursuing our dreams and everything was going quite well. As Judy and I wanted to train our children properly, we were perplexed in that our two families observed Sabbath differently. We decided to find out what God had shown Ellen G. White pertaining to true worshipers and believers. As we did so we found that she said the following:
"We are not to locate ourselves where we will be forced into close relations with those who do not honor God. . . . A crisis is soon to come in regard to the observance of Sunday. . . . The Sunday party is strengthening itself in its false claims, and this will mean oppression to those who determine to keep the Sabbath of the Lord. We are to place ourselves where we can carry out the Sabbath commandment in its fullness. "Six days shalt thou labor," the Lord declares, "and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work." And we are to be careful not to place ourselves where it will be hard for ourselves and our children to keep the Sabbath. If in the providence of God we can secure places away from the cities, the Lord would have us do this. There are troublous times before us".--Manuscript 99, 1908. 21
"When the power invested in kings is allied to goodness, it is because the one in responsibility is under the divine dictation. When power is allied with wickedness, it is allied to Satanic agencies, and it will work to destroy those who are the Lord's property. The Protestant world have set up an idol sabbath in the place where God's Sabbath should be, and they are treading in the footsteps of the Papacy. For this reason I see the necessity of the people of God moving out of the cities into retired country [places,] where they may cultivate the land and raise their own produce. Thus they may bring their children up with simple, healthful habits. I see the necessity of making haste to get all things ready for the crisis."--Letter 90, 1897.
I imagine that there are some non-Seventh-day Adventists as well as some Adventists who read this blog. The former are probably thinking that this is preposterous, and the latter is thinking that they agree with what has been quoted. But in 1980, when Judy and I lived in Carson City, Nevada, there were long standing governmental policies which honored Sunday such as the US Post Office delivering mail 6 days a week, but not on Sunday. Nevada Legislature was having hearings on a bill that would require automobile dealerships to close on Sundays. The Lords's Day Alliance in Atlanta, Georgia was pushing for more Sunday Laws.
It seemed to Judy and I that we should follow the advice that was given and move further out in the country. So we sold our home. We sold our dental practice and beautiful facility. We moved 60 miles further out into Nevada to the farming community of Fallon, where we put a small mobile home on an islolated acreage of sandy soil and sagebrush.
Next: Dreams Sacrificed (Part 5 of 6): Isolated and Dreamless