Re “Bethany, dead at 88” (The year that was, January/February 2016). The title was different enough to attract my attention and I read the whole article. Far from being insensitive, it treated the institution as a beloved daughter whose end is mourned by all.
We still like receiving the Herald by snail mail, even though we follow things electronically! Thanks for keeping it going.
Hardy and Elfrieda Schroeder
The blood of Christ saves, not bloodline
In a Bible belt filled with thousands of churches, I’m having a hard time finding a church home. In every other area of our lives, my family is happy, popular, well employed and well educated. But we lack something not even tied to the gospel of grace: the right bloodline.
I love Christ passionately. My little family is diverse, part Indigenous – but who cares, right? Yet there are no church homes for us in the Fraser Valley.
I am tired of hearing about Mennonite culture at church. I go to church to worship Christ, not to enter into someone else’s family reunion or culture clubs.
Why bother with mission? Once they find Christ, where will all these “others” go to church and not be made to feel like second-class citizens?
You run vacation Bible schools, soccer camps and Christmas concerts; you extend the invitation of the gospel, but it feels like you don’t want non-Mennonites there. This is confirmed in cold stares, the lack of friendly hellos, the favouritism. You were once oppressed, but now,
you have become oppressors. The moment you landed on Canadian soil, you became part of oppression – that’s the truth in Truth and Reconciliation.
God is endlessly creative. I am as proud of my background as you Mennonite folks are of yours. Could we agree on “no culture but Christ”
proclaimed from the pulpit?
Until then, just tell us: there’s no place for us in your community churches where Christianity has become so entangled in your culture.
Name withheld by request
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