I’ve had an interesting email exchange with someone who stated that one of their elders isn’t online and thus hadn’t seen the now withdrawn paper on the Sabbath. The elder was disturbed by what he read.
You often hear the cynical remarks about how so-and-so is simply looking out for their retirement. However, most UCG elders are unpaid. As such, they lack some of the considerations of pay cuts, retirement, etc., that a full time minister might have. In other words, the majority of elders are not answerable to the COE in financial terms. Any significant decisions made come May must either have be backed by the weight of or have the lack of resistance from the unpaid elders.
I wonder how many UCG elders are or were business owners and would keep the doors of their establishments open on the Sabbath or holy days with the justification that nonmembers are running the operations during those times. If you are in UCG, do you know how your elders feel about this?
Normally, I wouldn’t do this, but I tracked down a copy and put it online here. I am encouraging you to print these out and hand them to your elders who are not online. Tell them that they don’t have to answer to you but that you want to know if they think this signals a modification of existing doctrine.
And, if your elders are online, ask them if they had read it before it was pulled off. If not, please give them the link and gently remind them of their responsibilities to provide informed input into the General Conference.
The point is not to get them to personally give you answers, but they do have an overall responsibility to the church and to God. That’s why they were ordained elders, after all. Unlike 1995, they have the power to resist undesired changes if they so desire.