Today marks 478 years since Jakob Hutter was burned at the stake for his faith. It was at Das Goldene Dachl in Innsbruck, Austria, where this horrid deed took place. Last August I had an opportunity to visit some Hutter related historical places. To learn more about those, click here.
While our forefathers often had to flee from their enemies, were severely persecuted, and many ended up giving their life for their faith, we live a life of ease. However, with this life of ease, we're also faced with 'enemies' that threaten to steal and devour. If we're to live with the vision of our fore-bearers, serving Jesus at all cost, I can't help but feel, that we often lose sight of this vision.
Let's consider for a moment, if Jakob Hutter came to your home or community today...
- What would he be appalled at?
- What are some of your daily activities that he would challenge you about?
- What would he be pleased with?
- How would he admonish us regarding our efforts towards being 'a city on a hill'?
- If he was the guest minister at your Sunday morning church service, what would his message be?
- Would he embrace technology as much as we do?
- What would he tell us about doing more to help feed the hungry?
Fellow Hutterites, I invite you to look at the above questions and respond to one or more. Or maybe you have other thoughts, beside these questions, feel free to tell me about those as well. If you're not a Hutterite, but know about them, have spent time with them.... you too can respond or add your thoughts. I look forward to seeing many comments on this post!!!
- What would he have to say about 'being in the world, but not of the world'?