1930 Adventist General Conference sends memorial to United States President supporting temperance legislation
In 1930 the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church took place in San Francisco, California where they encouraged "our members to give hearty support to the upholding of prohibition; and that we recognize and emphasize the great contribution of prohibition to the general welfare and safety of society." They also sent a memorial to United States President Herbert Hoover supporting temperance legislation:
Memorial to President Hoover
To His Excellency, Herbert Hoover,
President of the United States:
The Seventh-day Adventists, assembled in a World Convention in San Francisco, California, May 28 to June 12, 1930, hereby send our heartfelt greetings to Your Excellency, hoping and praying that the great ideals of equal justice, equal opportunity, ordered liberty, popular government, and freedom of conscience in religious matters, so nobly expressed in your recent public utterances, may prevail toward all men, in the great Republic of which you are President.
We trust that the noble experiment of minimizing the evils of the liquor traffic by governmental regulations and prohibition under the Eighteenth Amendment may meet with success under your administration; and we are glad to inform you that every Seventh-day Adventist in the world is pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating beverages, and to the task of making this a better and safer world to live in through the peaceable means of public education and enlightenment, and by the preaching of the gospel of love, peace, and good will toward all men.
We further hope and pray, that the great fundamental principles of the total separation of church and state, of civil and religious liberty, of freedom of speech and of the press, of the natural and inalienable rights of men and of the equality of all men, irrespective of their religion, before the civil law and the bar of justice, which you have pledged yourself to uphold and maintain, may continue to serve the rest of the world as a beacon light, so that all men everywhere may enjoy the peace, prosperity, and blessings of universal liberty to which they are entitled 'by nature and nature's God.
We earnestly pray that the Supreme Lawgiver and Ruler of the universe, who has ordained the state to function in civil affairs only, may continue to guide you in wisdom and judgment, and in every measure that may be worthy of His blessing, and establish more firmly the general welfare and prosperity of society; and the essential justice, liberty, and happiness of all the people of the Great American Commonwealth.
Published in the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, June 19, 1930 pages 237-238, https://documents.adventistarchives.org/Periodicals/RH/RH19300619-V107-36.pdf
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