The early Anabaptists were enthusiastic and vocal in sharing their faith with any who would listen to them, urging people to repent and become followers of Jesus. Their testimony, even as they were led to the stake, was so worrying to the authorities that tongue screws were used to silence them. But the pressure of persecution gradually convinced Anabaptists that keeping quiet about their faith was the only way to survive, and most adopted this stance (some even signed agreements exchanging vows of silence so as to be left in peace). They became known as “the quiet in the land.”
While quietism was understandable in such contexts, like separatism, it has become embedded in the Anabaptist tradition. Not speaking openly about one’s faith is now defended by some Anabaptists as a mark of humility, rather than as a hangover from a history of repression. Their emphasis is on living out their faith, rather than talking about it. But this approach to bearing witness to Jesus Christ is seriously deficient in a post-Christendom culture that knows little of what Christians believe and lacks the tools to interpret the way we live.
Stuart Murray, “The Naked Anabaptist” Page 165
Vacation time. We are in Winnipeg for 2 weeks. I am hopeful that this time will be a restful. Therefore I will be staying away from social media and the blog. I will however schedule posts on the regular Tuesday and Thursday’s which will be excerpts from books that have been significantly formative for me during this past year. I hope they will be a blessing to you also.
Thanks for reading.