So I’ve been a contributor to YAR since early 2007 and have engaged in some interesting discussions with some of the collaborators and even met, discussed, and dined with some of the administrators here. Yet, for the past…oh, year and a half I suppose, I’ve pretty much only contributed book reviews. And in the last 3 or 4 months, I’ve only registered objections to some of the posts I’ve encountered.
I think it’s only fair, and correct, and in the interest of maintaining the fellowship here, that I step out from YAR. But, an explanation rather than a self-righteous “screw you guys, I’m going home!” is in order since explanations are so lacking in the blogosphere (and in my comments the last few months – Sorry Tim but I’ll send you an e-mail if I think I can answer your question about Marxism).
There are a number of things that led me in that direction, several of which I will enumerate here:
1) I’m not really a Mennonite anymore. Like, not even a little.
– The Mennonite church that shepherded me when I came to faith in 2006 closed its doors on Easter Sunday 2009. So I don’t attend there.
– I found that I don’t really have a “pacifist” position, in that if God were to order me to kill Amalekites, I would kill Amalekites (I say that knowing that I’ve said it quite bluntly, but believe me it’s not like I haven’t thought this over thoroughly).
– I don’t have a Mennonite last name (mine is Italian, and there aren’t many Italian Mennos out there). So I have no ties to Mennonite heritage.
– Mennonites tend to hold an Arminian soteriology, and I don’t. I’ve found that I’m much more Calvinist these days and becoming more so as the days go on.
– I don’t believe in that “pure church” stuff.
– I am becoming more paedobaptist than credobaptist. So that also takes me out of the Anabaptist category.
2) I have a much different political understanding than I did back in 2007.
– I don’t have a “non-violence” position.
– I don’t agree with the LGBTQ position taken by many here – though my objections are primarily theological and related to church matters.
3) I don’t have the same interests that many YAR folks have.
– The “emergent conversation” mostly bores me.
– various articulations of radical/re-defined Christianity do not interest me.
– Mennonite church issues do not interest me.
Some might think “oh boy, the fundies got to him!” or something like that. To do so would only demonstrate how little you know of me and my Christian walk thus far.
Some may want to ask questions about why I believe/don’t believe such and such. I understand wanting to do so, but I’m not interested in faceless conversations about my formative beliefs across the interweb, particularly with those who have never met me (despite what you may think, I don’t have an obligation to you).
So with all that said, I won’t be contributing to YAR anymore. Thank you to those who have welcomed me here and for the discussions we’ve had. I pray that fruitfulness comes of future discussions on this blog and that many are enriched by it.