Peaceful Community

Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 593

Let me tell you about true community. For a long time—ever since the apostles’ days—it has been suppressed and perverted through the power of men and false teaching. But God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost want to live together in one body.

God wants men and women, created in his likeness, to get married and live in peaceful community. And even the animals, living in order one with another, show the community God had in mind.

Satan, in the form of a serpent, first intruded upon God’s communal order. He tempted Adam and Eve and they fell into sin. But through Noah and the ark, the picture of true community became clear again.

The children of Israel lived in community in the desert, and the prophet Isaiah speaks of giving everything we have to God—like Christians do in the Church. But nowhere did God’s community take clearer shape and form than among Christ and the apostles that followed him.

Christ tells us to leave everything, and to hate our own will, to come his Way. He tells us to let go of our possessions, our bodies, and even our lives, and to shun the desire for personal gain. “As I have lived and walked among you,” Jesus says, “so you should live. If you will be perfect, sell everything you have, give to the poor, and follow me!”

Hans Schmidt,        -1558, Raiffach, Tirol, Austria, burned on a mission trip to Germany

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