Amish Values

Happy Sunday, Amish Readers!

As believers gather today to worship together, I thought I’d share these thoughts on faith from A Pocket Guide to Amish Life by Mindy Starns Clark…

To best understand Amish life, it helps to grasp the basic values that guide almost every facet of their faith. The Amish…

surrender the self-will to God

submit to authority, to the faith community, and to its rules

separate from the world and become a “peculiar people” by turning to family and the faith community, by honoring history and tradition, and by turning the other cheek

simplify through the practice of humility, modesty, thrift, and peacefulness

Jesus lived surrender, submission, separation, and simplicity throughout his life and thus provided the perfect example of these values in action. Even the night before he was crucified, he knelt in the garden of Gethsemane and prayed, “Remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42 KJV). The Amish frequently cite this passage as the basis for trying to be as obedient in every area of their life as Jesus was in that moment. Their many unique lifestyle regulations are based on this overriding goal of Christlikeness.

We should strive for Christlikeness in all that we do, even if in practice that may look different for us than it does for the Amish.

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