Sabbath Keepers are peculiar bikers
As chaplain of our ministry, I am compelled to strengthen us to our mission. On our website and often in individual chapter’s newsletters we read, “A Christian motorcycle ministry committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ." Gospel of Jesus Christ? Rightfully we wish to reach the MC community with the unmerited and forgiving love of Jesus, but we have a broader Christian message. We come across other ministries like Black Sheep, CMA, Champions of Christ, Hellfighers and Disciples of Christ that give the message of unconditional love and forgiveness, but they don’t address the trampling of God’s law (especially the Sabbath), nor the role it will play in the closing events of prophecy, or how one can forsake sins--make a decided change in their lifestyles, honoring God through a new creation wrought by the power of grace.
God rose up a people to do so, “Seventh-day Adventists have been chosen by God as a peculiar people, separate from the world. The great Cleaver of truth has cut them out of the quarry of the world and brought them in connection with himself. He has made them his representatives, and has given them the work of exalting his down-trodden law" (7T 138).
1 Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people: that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Let’s explore a few differences. What makes us different? Peter continues in verses 11 and 12, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, … by your good works which they observe, glorify God.”
Difference one, “called out of darkness." What does this mean? All of us have testimonies of being set free from the darkness of sin. Sin is a captor; this is why Jesus, borrowing from Isaiah in the book of Luke, stated, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." Deliverance, set at liberty, recovering, how many of us can say Amen to these words! Romans 6:6 says, " … knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin."
Difference two, “sojourners and pilgrims." It was stated by Jesus, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you" (John 15:19). "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (Hebrews 11:13).
Difference three, ”abstain from fleshly lusts” or in other words, "I beg you to voluntarily keep yourselves away from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fight against your very souls.” We have chosen to have a different lifestyle, reflective of our loyalty to God. The counsel here is we don’t mimic the customs of this world, we abstain. And let us not forget the Master’s parable in Matthew 13 about the sower who went forth to sow, and how the cares of this world choked out the life of the plant.
Difference four, “having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles." Every time you put your jacket on or sleeve your vest, you are witnessing to the unsaved. What are you saying to them? Are we doing ‘honorable’ things? Do we reflect the values of Christ? Do we testify that victory is available through Christ over “sins that so easily beset us” by example?
We are chosen to be a brighter light through our name Seventh-day Adventist and even more so through our ministry that displays a patch with the three angels' message and a definitive reference to God’s holy day. Let us bring honor and glory to our Jesus with our witness. Grace and peace to each of you.