Franklin Graham’s “Rock the River” concert is coming to Winnipeg on September 17th. For the Anabaptist Mennonite community who are grounded in peace, anything Franklin Graham is a polarizing issue. There are many elements that facilitate the polarity, like the nature and relationship between evangelism and discipleship. But a large part of the debate is centered around Franklin Graham’s public support for war. There are some within the Anabaptist community who believe that the evangelistic tone of the events are worth overlooking the fact that Franklin Graham went on national television in the United States and blessed some bombs that were to be used as instruments of war. Others say there is no way the Anabaptist community can support an evangelistic event that is headlined by an individual who supports war .
A very interesting discussion that flirts with some of the more fundamental issues within Anabaptism. One of which, is the relationship with the military.
Interestingly, the Jets are back in Winnipeg. Frankly it’s about time. Winnipeg is a hockey hotbed with a rabid fan base who deserve an NHL team! The Winnipeg Jets organization came out with a new logo on Friday that features a CF Hornet fighter jet with the Canadian Maple Leaf, which is featured on the Canadian Flag, as the backdrop. The logo is overtly militaristic to the point that it is fundamental to the design and is ultimately a shout out to the long history Winnipeg has with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
For the Anabaptist community, where is the line? Is it hypocritical to object the Franklin Graham crusades, and buy Jets merch plastered with overtly militaristic design? It seems too easy to overlook the military element of the Jets new logo in the name of sports. I offer this as a discussion piece for a community grounded in peace.
I must write a disclaimer however, (a lame cop out maybe?). I’m not sure where I am on this. I merely think that it is something that deserves more thought and discussion from the hockey fans within the Anabaptist community. I’m just so darn curious.