Avoiding radical views

Mar 13, 2017 by

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MWR indeed presents a wide variety of opinion, but we will not renew our subscription. We are choosing not to waste time reading so many radical views. To have the name “Mennonite” given such prominence in the women’s march in Washington (Jan. 30) is a disgrace to the God who ordained marriage and life, as well as to the ancestors who went before us. It does not reflect the tenets of those who have led the fight for the sacred life of both the born and the unborn. We choose not to read of those who demean our president instead of praying for him. We hope the publishers of MWR will choose in the future not to give such prominence to those with such antibiblical views.

Robert and Rhoda Sauder
Hagerstown, Md.


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  • Evan Knappenberger

    The president demeans himself. See if you still feel like standing up for trump when he comes for your children to send them to war.

    evan knappenberger

    • Rainer Moeller

      Evan,
      even if your considerations w.r.t. Trump and war are somewhat rash, they open up an interesting path for historical research. There have been presidents who indeed led Mennonite sons to war – Lincoln, Wilson, FD Roosevelt, LB Johnson. How exactly were these presidents depicted in the Mennonite press of their times? In comparison to Trump? Wouldn’t this be a subject for a Mennonite historian?

      • Evan Knappenberger

        Thanks Rainer, yes that would be interesting indeed. When it comes to Trump, I know it’s cliche, but my first comparative impulse is to David Foster Wallace’s character “Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner” and my second is to Mussolini. Sorry if that sounds rash.
        Evan Knappenberger

  • Ruth Wainfeen

    I fully accept your right to withdraw your subscription, but I do not not understand your point of ‘radical views’. I don’t agree with everything here, but for you to imply that you stand ‘with our forefathers’ [my interpretation of your letter] is a bit over-the-top. NONE of us are pure (the Bible is clear on that we are all sinners) and our ONLY justification is in Christ. Even the Old Order Amish is not ‘pure’ towards the Bible or even to the forefathers back in Europe. We are all ‘tented’ by the world around us, and it is not that we like all the ‘new’ views, but we are not free from ‘new’ views… We don’t want to be OFF this world, but we are all (incl old order Amish) IN this world, so we need to deal with it…

    • Rainer Moeller

      Ruth,
      I agree with you to a part. I. too, don’t care if we wear hooks and eyes, buttons or zippers. But I care about the principle: We ought to resist the soft power of fashions and the hollow promises of modernism.
      And that’s why, for example, the LGBTQ problem isn’t solved in my eyes. The LGBTQ promoters are too much relying on our human tendency to be obedient to fashion and to believe in “progress” or “modernity”.

  • Bruce Leichty

    I am a lifetime member of the MWR corporation and for many years I tried to solicit proxies so that there might be a different publishing philosophy than the one inspired by the most “liberal” (one could other words including modernist or culturally uncritical) college among us, Bethel, alma mater for MWR’s editor. But most MWR members and increasingly the readers are hidebound supporters of the current family publishing dynasty, and content to let MWR force such “progress” on the church that the church will soon progress to the dismal state of demise which it already borders. And the principled resisters leave — whether church or journal — all the more sense of woe to rise within me.

    • Billy Holdeman-Bass

      Bruce, I very much appreciate your point of view. The General Conference people have really taken over control. I feel as though it wasn’t an even-yolked merger between the GCMC and The Old MC, but rather an overtaking and raiding– and I’ve noticed people who are my age (20s) have zero notice of this and its effects. I’ve heard scary things, but it only means we have a bigger gap to bridge as we try to bring us all together and end the age of great apostasy that looms on the near horizon.

      • Rich Preheim

        I agree that the creation of Mennonite Church USA wasn’t an even-yolked merger. But the assertion that the General Conference Mennonite Church part of the denomination have taken control is rubbish. People of Mennonite Church background hold the vast majority of MC USA leadership positions. The elevation of the confession of faith to sacred status is antithetical to historic GCMC understandings. The Executive Board’s meddling in the credentialing of ministers, while unprecedented in both predecessor denominations, is consistent with the authoritarian mindset of the pre-World War II Mennonite Church.

  • Charlie Kraybill

    I for one laud the radical views of the arch-leftists who run the Mennonite World Review, and encourage comrade editors to become even more radical as we all search together for truth and beauty in this mysterious earthly existence. Onward to full christian communism!

    • Rachel Stella

      There are no “arch-leftists” running MWR, Charlie. We’re just people trying to represent the broad diversity of the Anabaptist world.

      • Charlie Kraybill

        I understand, Rachel. Thank you. My comment was tongue-in-cheek. What I was trying to say, between the lines, is that you’re doing a great job, in the opinion of this out-and-proud arch-leftist.

  • Rainer Moeller

    Generally spoken, I am happy that I discovered American Mennodom by the internet site “mennodiscuss” with its attractive mixture of good humour and skepticism against modernity. When I began reading the MWR I was disappointed – that was not what I looked for -, but I knew that the MWR didn’t depict the whole of the Mennoworld, so I didn’t care so much.

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