SILVER SPRING, Md. — In a dramatic reversal of previous positions, General Conference leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have decided to throw their full support behind Adventist former neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s US presidential candidacy. The GC has announced that global offerings this Sabbath will go to reviving the candidate’s struggling campaign.
“Although we typically stay out of politics as a church, Dr. Carson is one of ours and he needs our help,” said GC Religious Liberty spokesperson Cherchen Steight, pointing to disappointing results for Carson in the first several Republican primaries. Steight called for Adventists to “dig deep in their pockets this Sabbath and Think Big.”
Steight said that it is no secret that Adventists running for office have historically struggled with securing the votes of their fellow Adventists.
“We are horrible team players when it comes to politics and never has this been clearer than in Dr. Carson’s campaign,” said Steight, stressing that Adventists were wary of an Adventist candidate even when Carson briefly led the Republican field of candidates last year.
Steight said that although he understood the political reservations of members, “anything is better than a 2017 inauguration for President Trump.”
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