Although their religious practices seem to be extremely legalistic, there are lots of things about the Amish community that I like and respect. One of those is their harvest methods. During the harvest season, it is not at all unusual to see numerous neighbors all working together in a single field. Then, when that field is completed, they move on to the next … and the next. Together.
The sense of true community found in the Amish setting is amazing. It’s like a big extended family. They all see themselves as part of one another’s lives.
It seems to me that this is a great picture of what the Church is supposed to be like.
We are not just a collection of individuals, but all together, intentionally and purposefully placed together by God. We may not all agree on everything, but we’re family, nevertheless. Take a look at how often in the New Testament letters we are referred to as “brothers” – literally dozens of times. We are family.
Maybe we could learn a lesson from the Amish and work together. But more than just harvesting some food for our tables, we would work together to accomplish the purposes of God.