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Excerpt from Christian History,  (Issue 84, Fall 2004, page 33) 

Why have American Anabaptist lived in protest against the modern world?, by John D. Roth (professor of history at Goshen College, Indiana):

"Be not conformed"

   "At times, hostility toward nonresistant Christians has spilled over into outright violence against them, especially during World Wars I and II.  In the summer of 1917, my grandfather was ordered to appear at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio, for basic training.  Like others from his Mennonite community, he reported to camp but refused to wear a uniform or participate in military training exercises. 

   One night, he and several other men were awakened, given shovels, and told to dig their own graves in preparation for their executions at sunrise. Other friends told of being forced into cold showers and then surrounded by men who scrubbed their skin raw with heavy brooms. 

   Some 60 years later, he could vividly recall the scornful taunts directed at him: coward, slacker, traitor, yellow-bellied parasite." ... "Though nonconformity takes many different expressions among Mennonites, Amish, and Brethren today, all share a common conviction that Christian faith must find tangible expression in daily life. Each regards the voluntary church as a counterculture alternative to modern secularism; and each testifies to the radical power of Christ's love as an active, transformative reality in a broken and needy world."   www.christianhistory.net          

 

 

It is written:

"For God does not not show favoritism (partiality)." -Romans 2:11 

 "A time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me." John 16:2,3

 

Even if one could justly oppose the leader of a foreign country in a war, that country’s foot soldiers might well be the victims of manipulation by their leader.  i.e. conscript- to enroll for compulsory service in the armed forces; draft

Involuntary Servitude- "The condition of one who is compelled by force, coercion, or imprisonment, and against his will, to labor for another, whether he is paid or not." -Black's Law Dictionary, 6th Ed.

 

 

 

 

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