I am so honoured to be a guest blogger today over at Anabaptistly – a blog on Anabaptist living written by the very creative associate pastor at my church, Chris Lenshyn.
Chris asked me to write about why I shop thrift – so that’s what I did. I found it interesting to be asked to do this on a blog that is focused on “Anabaptism’s roots in the 16th century, and the faith tradition that is practiced today.” At first I wasn’t really sure that what I write about would fit at all.
But then I began to think of some of the words of Menno Simons, from whom Mennonites get their name – although Mennonites do not worship Menno, nor do we consider him a saint. He is simply the founder of this branch of Anabaptism. Here’s a few things Menno said:
True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant. It clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things to all people.
The regenerated do not go to war, nor engage in strife. They are children of peace who have beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning forks, and know no war.
We who were formerly no people at all, and who knew of no peace, are now called to be…a church…of peace. True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace.
Living a thrift lifestyle is a lot more than simply getting a great deal at a thrift shop; it is a way of peacemaking – hence the title of my blog.
Anyway, I hope you’ll take some time to visit Chris’ website and then come back here and tell me what you think!