As I have said before, we are Mennonites, and we live in and around Amish and Mennonite country. The Mennonites came first, but after awhile, a group of them thought we were getting too modern altogether. So the group broke off, and with leader Jacob Amman, started the Amish. I have told many stories about my religion, including my unusual wedding where I was allowed no veil or rings, but in the church basement trouble was brewing with a wedding cake loaded with rum!! Anyway, from time to time as I drive by the old order Mennonites, I take pictures, and here are some of the more recent ones. Pictures four and five are a church, but instead of parking spaces, those are hitching posts for the horses. These people have stopped time and are apart from it. But actually, Jesus traveled and hung out with tax collectors and others. We are to be a light in this world, but can we do that if we are separate from it? Perhaps the answer is to go out into the world, but remain firm in our beliefs and not let it sway us. Here are two seemingly opposing verses. Or not.
"As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world."
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."