I probably should have written this post when Ben Carson was higher up in the polls, but this is a topic of interest to me, so I will post it.
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who is running for the
Republican nomination for U.S. President, is a Seventh-Day Adventist.
Carson has been gaining support from conservative evangelicals.
The reason that this has interested me is that Seventh-Day Adventism
fears (or, at least, negatively anticipates) a National Sunday Law,
which will require people to honor Sunday religiously and will
supposedly persecute people who observe the Sabbath on other days, as
the Seventh-Day Adventists observe the Sabbath on Saturday (or, more
accurately, from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset). Many Seventh-Day
Adventists, due to their opposition to a National Sunday Law, tend to be
critical of the religious right, fearing that it will erode the wall
between church and state and lead to a National Sunday Law. Carson,
however, is supported by people who could be characterized as part of
the religious right. Is this an inconsistency? How does Carson himself
navigate this tension?
I found a YouTube video
in which Carson talked about the National Sunday Law before a
Seventh-Day Adventist church. Carson said that he is opposed to
political-correctness and the new world order, and their attempts to
undermine the Judeo-Christian ethic in America. Carson states that he
is actively fighting political correctness. Carson also predicted that,
in accordance with Bible prophecy, there will be a religious awakening
in America, and that things will get better as a result of that. But,
Carson continues, some will take that awakening in overly zealous
directions, and that will lead to a National Sunday Law and the
persecution of seventh-day sabbathkeepers. According to Carson,
persecution over the seventh-day Sabbath will come from the right rather
than the left. Finally, Carson jokingly remarked that he hopes he is
not around by that time!
Carson seems to support a religious awakening, thinking that will
result in good things for the country; this may explain why he supports a
lot of what the religious right supports, notwithstanding his
Seventh-Day Adventism. But he still maintains his Seventh-Day Adventist
belief that there will come a National Sunday Law, and he hopes that he
will not be around to see it.