I'd like to offer you an invitation. Are you interested in joining a new group called "Good-Looking Adventists"? Let me explain.
A few months ago I happened upon a publication put out by sincere members of the Adventist church. From time to time I peruse this publication to get a feel for what they are thinking. It's always good to stay informed, after all.
There was an article in this particular issue that caught my attention, however. It was talking about being an "Intellectual Adventist." Now, forgive me for being a little slow, but it was the first time that it had been brought to my attention that there was such a group. Reading the article was intriguing, though, and left me quite impressed.
Presumably, the author believed himself to be a part of such an "elite" group. I'm not sure the criteria by which a person can belong to such a group, but I sure wanted to find out. I resisted the urge, however, to write a letter to the editor and inquire how I could become a member of such a group. Instead, I got my undergraduate transcripts from college - complete with my 3.21 cumulative GPA from prestigious Andrews University - and was prepared to send them in as my ticket to becoming an "Intellectual Adventist."
Strangely, the General Conference didn't have any information about this prestigious group when I scoured the church's website. This left me baffled. I could only conclude that it was not an official subsidiary of the church. It must be a self-supporting group.
But before I could proceed any further with my endeavor, something suddenly dawned on me. Why don't I start my own group - something that is more relevant to who I am as a person. Why not start a "Good-Looking Adventists" club? I mean, after all, my wife tells me I'm good-looking semi-frequently.
No, I've never been on the cover of GQ magazine - or the Adventist Review, for that matter - but it's not as though we would need to check any one's GQ quotient before they became a member, anyway. All anyone would have to do to become a member is to think that they're good-looking, and that would be good enough for me.
So what do you say? Are you interested?
"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. . . . Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Cor 1:27; 3:18, 19).