Saturday, January 13, 2007

SEND IN THE AMISH



...The Anabaptist tradition is one Christian tradition that has typically understood the church and its mission in just this manner, true to the biblical story and God's own outsiderly empathy for the stranger, the outcast and the forgotten. Consequently, the Anabaptist tradition has worshiped and missionized nonviolently. Thus it has extraordinary accumulated wisdom to share with much of the rest of the western church, which now must through force of circumstances (God's fresh unveiling of Christian vocation?) learn how to be church without assuming that surrounding cultures are already at least latently Christian or can, with empire's help, be coercively "evangelized." - Rodney Clapp, author of A Peculiar People

2 comments:

Jonathan said...

This gets my vote for best of the blogosphere. When I saw this the other night on Comedy Central, I laughed so hard I almost cried. But now, upon reflection, I'm not sure if I should have laughed or cried. (?) The way you juxtapose this video with the quote from Rodney Clapp is just sooo tragically funny, or hilariously tragic -- I'm not sure which.

I wonder if Jon Stewart is stumbling over the truth with his comedy. When Jim Wallis appeared on the Daily Show last year, he suggested it was possible to do this, that the OT prophets sometimes did this, and that in some weird way, Jon Stewart was like a prophet.

St.Phransus said...

as much as the daily show uses far fetched satire to tell "fake news" i think their social commentary is SOOOO RIGHT ON!!!

The church can take wonderful notes in the way jon stewart is indeed a "truth teller" even if what he reports is not inerrant.

thanks,
jonathon