HOLLAND, Mich. — “It all happened so fast,” said former Oak Lane Associate Pastor, Charlie Nix. Last weekend, the relatively new arrival to Michigan Conference, posted a picture of a plate of perfectly fried Sabbath lunch chicken wings with the caption “a foretaste of heaven.”
Much to Nix’s subsequent dismay, the picture, which he had innocently intended as a joke among friends, went viral. In a dramatic display of misplaced Sabbath afternoon social media prowess, Adventists across the Michigan Conference shared the picture thousands of times, hashtagged #busted.
“Before I had gotten to dessert I received a call from the conference saying I was being dismissed from my post at Oak Lane, that I would be transferred,” said a confused Nix to friends and family who had flocked to his house upon hearing the news.
Many tried to comfort Nix and help him to put the setback in perspective. “You’re lucky you are getting transferred and not fired,” said Oak Lane deaconess, Martha Bidding. “Imagine if you had posted a picture of your wife’s Sabbath ribeye steak. That would have been a totally different kind of phone call.“
Nix, who had only been at Oak Lane for three months, admits to feeling more than a little sheepish about his rookie blunder. “If I’d known the conference was that sensitive, I would have posted a picture of carrot sticks instead,” he said. “Maybe then I could have avoided getting demoted to ABC cashier in Lansing.”
Special thanks to Michael Vance for the story idea