If you do a quick google search of the Amish, you invariably come across countless people who make comments along the lines of “I’d love to join the Amish! I love their way of life!”. Most probably aren’t even Christians! I think a lot of people probably think I fall into this category, too, since I wear so-called “Amish” dresses and a headcovering. Anyway, here are my top reasons for NOT wanting to become Amish.
1-Many Amish believe in salvation by works rather than salvation by faith.
2-The Amish have a lot of rules – the “Ordnung” which govern their daily lives. Whilst many of these rules DO have roots in the Bible, many don’t.
3-To be honest, I don’t think Amish dresses are very modest. Seriously! A lot of Amish ladies, particularly around the Lancaster County area I visited, wore very short skirts and tight bodices.
4-Amish headcoverings don’t often actually cover your head.
5-The Amish don’t allow musical instruments. I don’t think I could live without music. I tried once. I lasted less than a week.
6-When the Amish are baptised, they’re actually making a vow to a specific church – They’re not symbolising new life IN GOD, but a commitment to a church community and its rules. If their path with God leads them away from that one church, they will be shunned. Also, to my knowledge, the Amish don’t baptise by immersion – they sort of ladle water onto someone’s head.
7-There aren’t any Amish in Australia. And I don’t want to live in America.
That said, if I lived in America, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of joining (or at least attending) a Mennonite church. There are a number of differences between the Amish and the Mennonites, and I think I actually have a lot in common with the beliefs of some Mennonite churches (If I actually visited or attending a Mennonite church, I might change my mind. I don’t know, really)… and a lot of Anabaptist churches. But not the Amish.