Friday, January 9, 2009

Revisiting the Amish

I posted on my very brief idea of should I become Amish awhile back. Not that I'm hankerin' to become Amish ... I just like electricity to much! lol Anyways I saw an interview with an Amish Bishop and wouldn't you know it ... A lot made sense!

These are not exact quotes as I'm trying to pull them out of my head ... But take electricity for example ... I guess the Amish aren't against it per se and even use it in their barns! Just not allow it in their homes. Just not conducive to a family life "God wants us to have." You don't go to bed when you ought, get up when you ought, then there's the invasion of TV's, stereos, all sorts of things that "disrupt the rhythm of life. They just "take up your time." Hmmmm

Then there's cars .... They even hire people to drive them in them. But alas, it makes it to easy to get away from one another. "People ought to be with those they no and love, instead of wandering off God knows where.

Then there is the telephone ... They have phone booths I guess, but again, not in their home. "They just invite people to interrupt you whenever they like. If you are in bed with your wife you can count on it going off!" LOL Seriously, he said that!

I can't say I'm ready or willing to give up the modern world and become Amish ... But technology needs a muzzle on it I think. Especially TV programing! And caller ID and the answering machine has to be one of the best devices ever invented!

Any thoughts?


Sherri Watt said...

Interesting. I hadn't thought about the reasons the Amish don't use electricity on there homes.

I believe you are right about the TV and answering machine. I don't even turn my TV on much during the day. It's to distacting. If you have noise all the time, how can you hear God when He wants to speak to you.

Great Post! God Bless!

sharilyn said...

i think those ideas are wonderful reasoning... where i grew up in Michigan, we had some communities of Amish in our area. i was used to seeing their horse-and-buggies tied up outside the hardware or other stores in town. one of the local communites has a cheese factory that i visit most times when i'm home. (

JO said...

Having taken a class on amish/mennonites and the history, I like some of their ideas. I have problems with the lack of education for the girls, but then again, they seem happy enough. I do have problems with their theology as they can't be sure they are saved--that is not Biblical at all. But when it comes to helping your neighbor, family, and tradition, they are right on in many ways.