Does Anabaptism, and all of its segments, hold at the center, a profound futility? If one follows the value and beliefs down to their conclusions, is there a feeling that what is desired can/never will happen?
One of the tenets of traditional Anabaptism, and some of the parts still, is non-participation in national governmental politics. Meaning, no voting. Some participate in tax resistance and do not pay taxes.
Another tenet of Anabaptism is pacificism. The divinity reflected in all creation does not allow us to act violently towards others, personally and institutionally (war etc.).
Here is my thought exercise.
If Mennonites/Anabaptists had their way and got all of their wishes for the world, we would have an essentially Mennonite government. Nations would act in accordance to Anabaptist values (acting justly, renouncing violence etc.). HOWEVER, Anabaptists do not support involvement and participation with government. So…would they turn embrace government if it was to their liking? OR…does Anabaptism assume that government will never be to their liking and so always contain violence, war, injustice, and violations of Anabaptist teachings? There is the futility.
And is that a bad thing? To participate in something you know is not possible? Are we, as Christians, called to be right and win all the time, or are we maybe called to seek his peace even in the face of never getting it?
I hope for peace but do not see it because I know I will get it.
Is there any writing on this Anabaptist Futility?