About every two to three months I get a young woman or two wanting to become Mennonite or Amish. They’ve done no research and are looking for dress patterns, or as they call it “Kapp” patterns.
Each time I’m a bit grieved because I know in reality nothing on the outside matters if the inside isn’t changed. I labor over how to answer them knowing I was once in a similar position but with a lot more research under my belt.
A “plain” church or fellowship can be of no use if you aren’t fully informed of the culture that goes with it. There is more than putting on a long dress and white cap which is really a head covering. A daily walk with the Lord as well as an understanding of the people you walk along side.
The new wears off and it does become hard eventually. You’ll want a solid foundation with Jesus Christ.
These are a list of things that pertain to the kingdom as well as entering a culture that I’ll be giving to my Amish collecting friends to think on in the future.
-Do you use foul language?
-What type of books and movies do you watch?
-What is your relationship with your family like?
-How long have you attended your plain fellowship for?
-Have you been 100% open and honest with them about your walk with Christ?
-Do you have unconfessed sins?
Are you non resistant? Do you know what that means?
-Do you have a mentor?
-Are you ready to die?
-What does following Jesus look like to you?
-Have you developed relationships inside of the community that you are trying to fellowship with?
-Do you know what it means if I say there are two kingdoms and I am a citizen of one of them?
-Have you read a lot of Amish romance books and just like this life style?
-Do you currently dress modestly to the best of your ability?
-What is your view on divorce and remarriage?
-What about Homosexuality?
-Do you hate anyone?
These are questions to ask yourself not to answer to impress me but to determine if you are ready to truly go in this direction. I am here to help you to find the answers and to guide you in a real relationship as a follower of Jesus Christ and to help connect you to a community when you are truly and sincerely ready. Until then pray and keep seeking the Lord.