idea of non-resistance, sometimes called the way of peace, was an
important part of their religious beliefs. It may seem odd, but
Mennonites would not even fight to protect their own beliefs.
believed that they should not use violence in any situation. For
them, it was better to suffer as a result of evil than it was to
resist. For this reason, Mennonites throughout the ages have traditionally
refused to serve in the army or defend themselves with force. Jesus
said, “love your enemies” and “turn the other cheek,” so Mennonites
believed they should not participate in violence.
Here is what Menno Simons wrote about war:
regenerated do not go to war nor fight. They are children of peace
who have beaten their swords into ploughshares and their spears
into pruning hooks and know of no war. They give to Caesar the
things that are Caesar'' and to God the things that are God's
Their sword is the sword of the spirit which they wield with good
conscience through the Holy Ghost.” [Yoder, For Conscience
Sake , 32]
a life of peace is not easy. Mennonites have always struggled with
that problem, and some have tried other options. For most Mennonites,
however, the Bible gives clear guidance
on the matter of peace.
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