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When I tell people about our church in town here (not the ‘church’ online, so to speak) I normally include a statement that they do not have to born a Mennonite to be one, one does not have to wear black although it seems a popular color in downtown groups, and one does not have to drive their buggy to church.
Sometimes this disappoints people; they want to ride in the buggy anyway. But people want to know how Mennonites relate to the Amish, to Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, etc. These are all important questions, but too lengthy for an answer here, but people want to know. Sometimes, I explain that we are ‘old order’ but ‘new age’.
I do see the local church this way; we don’t drive buggies to church, but I wish we did, and most of the congregation bicycles to church and work or use the bicycle for a majority of their recreation. Most do not watch television, but not because the church commands it (television is just a waste of a good mind). Most are aware and highly pleased that the Amish and many Mennonites have found that the simplicity and humility of a Christian life is very close to modern idea of sustainability and community. To live using an absolute minimum of resources is a modern ideal but Amish and Mennonite families may also do so because of a cultural ethic of thrift. (An example: go barefoot in summer and save your shoes for winter wear. They’ll last longer.)
What engages my thought is that in our efforts to be modern, sometimes we end up being old-fashioned. I laugh to myself about this relationship to the ‘new age, old order’ idea without laughing at anyone but ourselves. What is more serious to me is that in realizing we are related, spiritually, to other groups brings us back to the real question: Are we living a life and lifestyle that brings us closer to one another and closer to God?
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2 Corinthians 11:1-15
6Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
7you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house,
11and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;
12the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people
13with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
14in many-colored robes she is led to the king; behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.
15With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
16In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.
17I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.
14Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2Take words with you and return to the Lord; say to him, “Take away all guilt; accept that which is good, and we will offer the fruit of our lips. 3Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses; we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.”
4I will heal their disloyalty; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. 5I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily, he shall strike root like the forests of Lebanon. 6His shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like that of Lebanon. 7They shall again live beneath my shadow, they shall flourish as a garden; they shall blossom like the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; your faithfulness comes from me. 9Those who are wise understand these things; those who are discerning know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
11I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! 2I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough.
5I think that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. 6I may be untrained in speech, but not in knowledge; certainly in every way and in all things we have made this evident to you. 7Did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I proclaimed God’s good news to you free of charge? 8I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. 9And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for my needs were supplied by the friends who came from Macedonia. So I refrained and will continue to refrain from burdening you in any way. 10As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. 11And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 12And what I do I will also continue to do, in order to deny an opportunity to those who want an opportunity to be recognized as our equals in what they boast about. 13For such boasters are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15So it is not strange if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness. Their end will match their deeds.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.