A non-Adventist recently wondered aloud to me why Adventists seem to worship the Sabbath.
"Really, it seems as if they are obsessed with that day. They don't even talk about Jesus.... It's just Sabbath this, Sabbath that. As if being a true Christian had more to do with Sabbataransim than Jesus and the Cross."
Well, we Christians do tend towards finding our little special Christian "niche" and hanging around it. For some fundamentalists, its the Bible. They seem to worship the Bible. Pentecostals kinda hang your born-again credentials on whether you speak in tongues or not. Some people are King James Only Christians.
We all find a way of drawing lines between ourselves. We all want an "identity" that makes us stand out among every other person.
For Adventists, it's not about the Second Advent anymore. In the last couple decades everyone is talking about the last days and Jesus soon return. Vegetarianism has been made popular by.... everyone. So vegetarianism isn't an Adventists way of identifying themselves anymore.
Adventist as a group aren't pro-life. They don't stand out in their defense of marriage or sexual morals or respect to parents or not coveting or stealing or taking the Lord's name in vain. They don't stand out in education or charities.
Sabbatarianism is really it for them. It is their only distinctive label when compared to other Christians.
Is that a bad or good thing?