"I always feel so sad for my generation. I feel like if everyone experienced Adventism and Christianity the way I did, they wouldn't have left the church as many of my close friends have. My parents just gave me such a rich spiritual heritage - they planted such a rich seed. Imagine having family worship every night with a father who is a systematic theologian. My dad literally has his PhD in how to logically and systematically explain the word of God. Plus, my parents actually love God and their neighbors and show it.
We've always had a very open line of communication. So we've argued about everything from dancing to vegetarianism to jewelry to salvation by faith. I don't always see eye-to-eye with my parents beliefs, but they gave me that space. I was allowed to question. And my questioning was done in a safe space- a home filled with love. And so it just makes me sad, because I just think Adventism is so misunderstood. We mix up Adventist culture with the real doctrine, and those are two different things. We mix up the word of God with the way our favorite YouTube preacher interprets it, and those are two different things.
But I don't blame millennials. I don't blame my peers. I know I've gotten to the daily walk I have with Christ because I've got some type of spiritual privilege that I know not everyone's been exposed to in such a genuine way. Still, it's sometimes hard to talk about God's love to my friends when they don't always feel it at their local church, you know?"