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Ask a Mennonite…(Response)

Okay, I’m being facetious here.  Certainly we have conflicts.  At the local level, theological issues continue to arise in my particular denomination.  We have many pastors who were trained in conservative evangelical seminaries and many congregants that are pro-war, etc.  This creates interesting scenarios for those of us who still hang on to our Anabaptist heritage.

Not only so, but we’ve had to wrestle with women’s issues, homosexuality, the atonement, and many of the same conflicts that other denominations are facing as well.  Not only so, but the whole “emergent” issue continues to create divisions and controversy in our movement.  Interestingly enough, those who are more Anabaptist in their theology and ethos, tend to be more open to emerging church authors and issues.  Consider this quote from Stuart Murray’s The Naked Anabaptist: “The Anabaptist movement began as a loose-knit coalition of groups who were forming in various places across central Europe – the sixteenth century equivalent of the ‘emerging church.’” 

From Zeckle: I respect the Mennonites and Quakers' stand against violence. After studying some of the teachings, I am finding myself to be more of a pacifist.  I find in my own tradition (as well as other traditions), the thought that pacifism means doing nothing, just sitting by as violence occurs. What is the Mennonite understanding of pacifism?  And how does your tradition deal with Matthew 10:34—“Don't imagine I came to bring peace to the earth, I came to bring a sword”--which seems to be the quote against pacifism among many in my tradition?

First, pacifism is not passivism.  This might be the worst caricature that ‘just war’ Christians create when describing this perspective.  For this reason, most of us now prefer the language of nonviolent resistance.

As far as a “Mennonite understanding of pacifism,” I’m going to defer that question to a series I wrote called: Nonviolence 101.  I think that my series on this subject will address most of your questions.  I will simply add that various shades of gray exist on this complicated issue.  

Finally, Matthew 10.34.  That’s always an interesting one.  The problem is that in Matthew 5 Jesus says: “But I say to you: don’t use violence to resist evil!” (Matthew 5.39, The Kingdom New Testament).   I’d begin my answer then by saying that we need to take the whole of Matthew into account when interpreting the meaning of this verse in chapter 10.  Then, we need to keep the sword passage in the context of the rest of that passage.  It clearly is speaking of the division that will take place because of Jesus.  His followers are bound to endure divisions from family, friends, culture, etc.  Not only so, but following Jesus may lead to suffering the results of non-peace… even counting the cost of discipleship by carrying their own cross and following Jesus (10.38).  Jesus knew that his mission during this age would lead to suffering, not peace.  This doesn’t negate our call to be peacemakers but amplifies how difficult this task will be.  Much more could be said about this, I recommend this commentary. 

From Justin: Is there any situation, ever, in which the use of violence would be acceptable?

Not for followers of Jesus.  However, a few things need to be said.

First, the state is given the authority to use the sword to “punish evil doers” for the sake of reducing violence from running out of control (see this article).  Notice that in passages such as Romans 12-13, the assumption of Paul is that the people of God are completely distinct from the sword bearing officers.  Therefore, violence in its most reduced form is allowable by those who are part of the pagan police / military, but the assumption of the New Testament is that Christians do not participate in this practice.  On the few exceptions, see this article.

Second, Anabaptists would do well not to judge the motives of those Christians who take up arms for their country.  Although we may believe that this activity is contrary to how we understand Jesus, others disagree.  For those who don’t share our perspective, this doesn’t mean that they are not authentic followers of Christ.  They most likely have pure intentions for serving in the way that they do.  Nevertheless, we do need to take this issue seriously and continue to show the church that violence only begets violence and is contrary to God’s intention for his people.

Third, a bit of humility would do us Anabaptists a bit of good.  We don’t know how we will respond in the worst of situations (Hitler, Spouse attacked, etc.).  Our hope, is that we’ve spent so much time connecting to our heavenly Father that when a situation arises, that we will respond out of an outflow of how Christ is transforming our inner life.  The more we confront the violence within, the more the peaceful Spirit of Christ will inform our response to physical confrontations. 

From Chrystal: Would you talk about the role of women in the Mennonite tradition? What types of ministry roles are women allowed to hold? Are there differences between women's roles in the home versus in the church?

In all three of the major Anabaptist Mennonite denominations (Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Mennonite Brethren), women serve as pastors in various roles.  My tradition, the Mennonite Brethren, may be the most restrictive of the three groups.  I personally am an egalitarian, which is a view shared by every professor at our denominational seminary, but if memory serves me correctly… we still don’t ordain women.  We license them as pastors, but not ordain women yet.  Not sure why this is.  Nevertheless, the Mennonite movements tend to be fairly open to women in leadership, if not completely open.

Amish and some other Anabaptist groups do not share an egalitarian view.

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