There was a documentary on TV about old order Amish on the BBC last week.
There have been a few Amish tv shows on this past year, but having access to the old order community is utterly unique – the family that were being filmed faced the possibility of ex-communication.
You need to watch the whole programme but its amazing. The family are part of a sub-community who call themselves Christian-Amish, basically they’ve started reading the Bible and questioning parts of their religion… primarily its about the gospel! They’re discovering that a fulfilled life is not about your lifestyle but its all about Jesus. – Thats a paraphrase of what the father actually said. Its amazing to hear these people declare truths about Jesus and how we are to live because you can see the risk their taking… at one point one of women gets quite upset because she knows that once the programme is broadcast they’ll be excommunicated for following what the Bible says and making changes to their lives.
But they were agreeing to be filmed in order to forward the gospel to all nations, thats what they said. They were baptised when they were young, into the Amish community, but have been secretly baptised again into Jesus… Thats amazing.
Its so encouraging to see these brothers and sisters taking real risks for the sake of the gospel. That must be somewhat what it was like to be be first century Jew deciding to follow Jesus.