Mennonites cave on Star-Spangled Banner

GOSHEN, Ind. (A Pee) — For more than a century, there was no playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Goshen College — a small Christian college with ties to the Mennonite Church.

That’s about to change. For the first time in the school’s history, Goshen College will play an instrumental version of the national anthem before many campus sporting events.

They figure that since they aren’t using the words, it’s OK, and they’re following it with a prayer, and it will make the visiting team feel comfortable. But is it the job of Christians to make people feel comfortable? If comfy is good, why not join the Army with the Baptists, Catholics and everyone else?

Mennonite Church USA — which represents the largest and most mainstream group of Mennonites in the U.S. — does not specifically prohibit the anthem.

Are these guys the Anabaptist equivalent of ELCA?

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5 Responses to Mennonites cave on Star-Spangled Banner

  1. Animal X says:

    “But is it the job of Christians to make people feel comfortable?”

    -mother theresa woulda said yeah…

  2. Jim Quick says:

    Unlike the Amish, the Mennonite’s Have yearly gatherings to decide which sins are actually sins against God. Not unlike most religions who seem to think religion and the Ten Comandments are like our Contitution as viewed by the Left. A living document subject to peer review rather then the Law of God or the Law of the Land. They are mostly wonderful singers and should consider singing the National Anthem at thier sports events. Our Michigan Mennonmites usualy sang ocapella and distained musical instruments as being too worldly.

    Jimbo

  3. jeffreyquick says:

    Animal X:
    Touche’. Though there’s always that “comfort the afflicted/afflict the comfortable” tradition.

    Jim Quick:
    I don’t see the Ordnung as being equivalent to “what’s a sin”. Pride and sloth are sins; the Ordnung is a congregational agreement on what constitutes pride and sloth.

  4. Jim Quick says:

    If Pride and sloth are sins, then many of us are in deep trouble with the Lord. Can he forgive us brcsuse of our faith when so many have none. I have always admired the Amish for their lack of both slothfulness and pride. Mennonites I know are seldom slothful but somtimes a bit too prideful, but then I am not qualified to judge any man, that is Gods job.

    JIimbo

    • jeffreyquick says:

      “If Pride and sloth are sins, then many of us are in deep trouble with the Lord.” All of us. Guaranteed. Thank God for Jesus!

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