In an inadvertent but convenient parallel post, Alan Knox puts up his next Anabaptist quote from Peter Hoover’s The Secret Of The Strength in his post From the Anabaptists: Simons on love and community. This quote comes from Über-Anabaptist Menno Simons. Here is the quote Alan put up in its entirety:
We teach that all Christians are one body (1 Cor. 12:13). All partake of one bread (1 Cor. 10:18). All have one God (Eph. 4:5- 6). It is only reasonable that Christians care one for another. The entire Scriptures speak of mercy and love, the sign by which true Christians are known. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:15).That is good stuff, written by someone who got it. We talk a lot of talk about loving one another but in practice we barely acknowledge one another. How many “local churches” are absolutely struggling and full of people that are struggling while just a few miles away another church is raising millions for a new multi-purpose activity center? Well it is their money right, they raised the funds and they should get to keep that money! That is an eminently American attitude but one that would be abhorrent to the early church and the Anabaptists. It is an abomination that we have Christians a few miles apart that are impoverished while others are wealthy. If you want to be wealthy and financially secure and live an opulent lifestyle, that is your business. Just don’t play at being a “Christian”. If you say you love God but don’t love your brother, the Word of God says you are a liar (1 John 2:4, 9-11).
It is not normal for a person to care for one part of his body and leave the rest uncared for and naked. No. The intelligent person cares for all his members. It is this way in the Lord’s church as well. All who are born of God and called into one body are prepared to serve their neighbours, not only with money and goods, but like Christ did, with life and blood. They show mercy as much as they can. No one among them is allowed to beg. They take strangers into their homes. They comfort the afflicted, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and do not turn their faces from the poor.
Good stuff whether you are a student of Anabaptism or not.