An Amish Visit

My husband and I visited the Amish one day. We had no idea how to get to them nor what our intentions were upon meeting them. Neither of us had even spoken about the Amish before. We both buckled-up and drove 2 hours away from home letting God guide us. Feeling compelled to go, but having no sense of direction, my husband kept asking me along the way how and where and why we were going. I did not know the answers, and he continued to drive. We let a horse and buggy in front of us upon reaching a small town that we heard some Amish lived in. I told my husband to follow the buggy, which he did, and we stopped at the horse watering hole that it had stopped at. The young man seemed baffled to be hearing us speak (probably a little to do with our bewilderment about why we were there). We told him we felt compelled to speak with someone from his community. We felt like they would listen, like the Amish would talk about God and Christ like no one else we could find.

The young man did not recognize much of our english, but he told us about a road to look for so that we would be able to hopefully find someone to talk to. We drove around and stopped a couple of times at different Amish houses before being directed to the elder. The elder man greeted us curiously once we knocked on his door. He asked why the Amish man that we spoke to down the street couldn’t help us. We told him that he directed us his way, and the elder readily let us in his home. He and his wife were very curious about us just as we were about them. We spoke about our life and the Lord for over 6 hours. We laughed and cried together. It was so serene and peaceful. It was so welcoming. They spoke about their hardships, about a son who left their community. We spoke about our way of living. How we are trying desperately to disconnect from worldly things.

They had a small ‘shop’ outside their home that ‘English’ people could come to and purchase things from them that they made. The elder showed us around his property, and invited us to sit with him in his tiny ‘shop’ after being inside his house for hours. Everyone in the Amish community has a purpose. The young girls were labeling canned preserves. The young boys were rounding up the horses. Another child was playing with a huge monkey wrench on the front porch. More children were picking up fallen pecans from the pecan tree. Some were chasing the chickens. The sound of horse hooves on pavement was very mellowing. Different people from the community were stopping by while we were there to talk to the elder. They spoke in German to each other, but the elder would translate for us to let us know what was going on. It was as if time did not exist there. It seemed that these people do not toil about, worrying about what to do next, or being impatient & bored. They just lived.

Every religion has its negatives, but I believe the Amish are desperately holding on to their deeply steeped tradition in this world that would love to make them convert. I worry for their way of life. I worry and pray for the innocence of their children to stay pure. I cannot even describe the beauty that I saw in their sweet souls. I worry because the elders will be gone one day.

I’m not sure they understand the impact of allowing the youth to go into society to shop. Images pervert a person even if the person does not immediately realise it. There is a reason God warns us to not do certain things. The reason is because those things tarnish us. Those things dim our light. I recently watched a documentary about Amish culture. All of the people who left the Amish did so after seeing their appearance in a photograph for the first time (Amish do not use mirrors or photography, these photographs were taken by the person making the documentary). It was like a well placed snare of Satan. It was heartbreaking to watch. I have heard people talk about the Amish – usually they say derogatory things. American society would think it is abusive to have children working the way the Amish do. The children help with the farms, and help their family. They do not run about with electronic devices, but rather play in the dirt and trees. I think it is abusive that American society let children look upon pornographic imagery that is all over TV and media. The front covers of magazines at every checkout isle. Modesty, humility, and the Word of God seem to be a foundation that the Amish society is centered around.

I know that no religious practice is perfect, but I truly believe the Amish are desperately clinging to a way of life that keeps them humble & God-centered. The two beautiful people we met are our penpals now. It is amazing to feel the love and warmth of their culture through their letters. I pray that modern times do not force these people to change their way of life. I pray that the generations to come after the elders are gone will continue to respect and adhere to the ordinances of the Bible. If a reformation of their culture is to happen, I pray that it will be to better their strict rules and way of life to be even more centered on God, and less centered on trivial things. I believe that through the ages it is important for religions to check-up on themselves. Time has a way of solidifying ideologies that may not be God’s will, but more man’s tradition. We must all be sure to conituously grow in the Lord, and prevent ourselves from doing anything that will hinder that growth.

What would you do?

Being in the Spirit of God is a state of being that a Christian is to ultimately strive for. People thought the apostles & Jesus to be drunk. They were drunk on the Spirit! They were striving for God. They were  praying, fasting, and worshipping God so wholly that they became filled with the Holy Spirit of God. When the Spirit would start to fleet, back to praying they would go. Always grasping, always thirsting for the Spirit.

How would people today respond to seeing someone in the Spirit? Picture: A poor looking man; a man who does not seem to ‘be from around here.’; a man who approaches you to talk about Jesus, to talk about God because he thirsts to spread the Truth – to find any Truth out there. A person who is not interested in talking about something that was seen on TV. A person who is not apart of this world & all the worldly things in it. How would you react? The world today is using mass media to present to people that this kind of person is to be distrusted. This is the type of person media would label as fanatical, crazy, a bum, homeless, definitely a person to be wary of. Correct this statement if it is not so: ‘Most people would just pass this person by, or not answer the door if he/she knocked’. Jesus has a few things to say about such persons who are labeled in such a way:

for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;  I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’  Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’  Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:42-46 NASB

Jesus Christ is our teacher. We know that God is greatly pleased with Jesus, His only begotten Son. Jesus tells us to strive to be perfect like our Father is perfect. We are to wear the armor of Christ, the spirit of God. We are to follow Jesus & his teachings. He tells us that he has no place to lay his head, no home. Jesus Christ teaches us that we are to sell our possessions. Possessing things creates worldliness and dependence on worldly things. How would society take this in modern times? A person who follows Christ – who believes in God – is not to be of this world. Maybe these people who are mislabeled have done something society believes is impossible. Maybe these people that have such labels are following Christ. Maybe society needs to turn down the noise & start listening and discerning. Society needs to wake-up and pay attention. 

And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?  Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? – Luke 12:54-57 KJV

Society – the world – needs to stop relying on TV and media to make discernment about what is right or what is wrong. God gives all the wisdom that one would need for living. God does not wish us to be rich with money. He wants us to rely on Him, wholly. He will provide. We are to be good stewards of our temples. He wishes us to be completely in Him, so that good works can be done. It is only God that does good works – not man alone, but in the spirit.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. – James 3:17-18 KJV

Selling all possessions to follow Jesus should not be hard to do. It is difficult not to become attached to worldly possessions, that is why Jesus warns us against having them. Jesus tells us to stay humble. We are to be humble.

Could you sell all of your possessions? Would you let a homeless person in your home & feed them? Would you help someone who is spiritually or physically imprisoned? Could you talk all day about God? Some insight would be a blessing.