Good comments. I would like to encourage all Christian parents reading this to either home school your children or work with your church family to establish a small private school. There is a sacrifice but youâ€™re children are worth it. What good shepherd would send his precious little lambs into a den of wolves and hope and pray they somehow survive? Although I believe in prayer, I have seen enough to know that plan isnâ€™t working well in our day. God does expect us to be wise and responsible parents. They are his little lambs too after all.
I donâ€™t understand why entertainment is so important to so many people including Christians. My children can be so entertaining at times. Even watching kittens or puppies play is entertaining. When customers bring their children into our store with them it can be very entertaining to watch them. What I am trying to say is that it is easy to find ordinary ways to be entertained. I really believe that God supplies us with plenty of entertainment without having to search for it through worldly means. And then too after a hard days work what is wrong with sitting down and resting by reading the Bible or a Christian book? Even this smartphone I am holding in my right now is a temptation to be entertained in a ungodly manner. We sell mottos in our store. One of them says, â€śCherish the simple things in lifeâ€ť. I think this might include entertainment.
One way I think that at least among Christian people it would help to start correcting this problem would be to start dressing their daughters like girls again and their sons like young men. Mothers should teach their daughters how to act and think like a woman and fathers should teach their sons how to act and think like a man. Public school and TV and such is also confusing young minds. What is happening to so many people is so very sad. I think much of it could be avoided by following Scripture completely. Even hair length is addressed in 1st Corinthians 11.
Sorry for the confusion. We donâ€™t believe the church is a building, it is always the body of Christ and we here are just a small part of that. And of course they are welcome in our services. We donâ€™t have a nursery where children spend their time playing and waiting for their parents. Children learn to sit quietly with their parents.
My answer to the question, is it a sin to drink alcohol? No. Is it prudent? Again, no. Hardly any other human choice (to drink alcohol ) has caused more heartache and grief. We donâ€™t allow it in our church and have never once regretted it.
If that picture of her is taken of her preaching in church then she is disregarding these instructions given in the New Testament. 1. That women are to keep silent in church. 2. That women are to cover their heads. 3. That women are to have long hair. 4. That if she has any questions about what was taught she should ask her husband at home.
I the Amish way is not possible for everyone, nor even the only way to live. But what is universal are the commands and principles found in Scripture. Even if you donâ€™t agree with much of what we believe and do, It would be wise I think to at least study to understand why we retain most of our youth, have no divorce, no fornication, no drug addictions, obedient respectful children. Again are there exception? Unfortunately yes, weâ€™re not in heaven yet, but we work hard to show the world Jesus by our example. God help us.
To answer your questions: 1. Secluded? Often but not always. Mission work can be a point of contention where the most traditional churches feel helping their next door neighbors is good enough, others are very concerned for the lost. They pray for the lost, give money to foreign mission work and will take a week or two off from work to help in various mission projects. I would be glad to give a list of mission organizations where Amish are involved in. 2. Is it a sin to forgo modern conveniences? We have learned that hard work is good for the soul and builds character. We pity youth that havenâ€™t learned to work. Laziness is a curse and can haunt a person all their life. Farming is declining do to high land prices and shortages. Other occupations are now increasing. Believe it or not some Amish do use electricity, but not for vain pursuits. 3. God warns us many times of falling away. We take those warning seriously and try to live soberly and watchful (1Peter5:8). We need Godâ€™s grace for salvation, the humble will receive it (1Peter5:5). Since when is God obligated to save anyone? He knows His sheep and they follow Him.