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‘So, over in Ohio, the “old” Mennonites are only allowed to vote for the road supervisor, the director of the poor, the school director and the postmaster. And they don’t want their members “mingling in politics.” Heavens, they think the parades and debates and barbeques are pure hoopla, “an idolatrous Babel business.”
Well, I disagree. I quite enjoy seeing the community come together at the picnics and marches. It’s exciting and a good cause, too. I agree that Christians shouldn’t participate in war or violence, but why can’t we use the vote to spread peace principles?'
The quote above is an excerpt from a letter written by a Mennonite lady, Anna Funk, in the USA to her brother- over 100 hundred years ago in 1880. Little seems to have changed since then- in politics and in Christians’ response to politics.
'We Mennonites are simply not as separate from our world as some like to think we are. We are citizens of our communities—many of us leaders; and we take advantage of much that our communities offer. We can’t just refuse to help set the direction of our towns and counties and nation!’
In Amos 5: 1-17, the prophet has strong words for the people of Israel. He calls them to repent and undo structures and systems that do not stand up for justice and the right of the marginalized and poor.
Let us pray:
Meditate on the Statistics
As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Target 5: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate
‘Thirty-seven per cent of under-five deaths occur in the first month of life and improved neonatal and maternal care could save countless newborns. Undernutrition is estimated to be an underlying cause in more than one third of all deaths in children under five.’
Source: Millennium Development Goals Report, United Nations, September 2008
Yours in Christ,
Regine and MC team
Please view all the Friday Prayer statistics we’ve used to date at Index of Millennium Development Goal Statistics.xls
Please see Index of Reflections on Integral Mission.xls
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