To best illustrate how Mennonites deal with their problems, we’ll visit a recent news article. (Read the full article here)
Lets begin by meeting the father: David Knelsen. Mister Knelsen has a son: Johan. According to dad, Johan did something wrong. A few news outlets claim he stole 3 chickens while others state that he used a cellphone but the key is that Johan did something he shouldn’t have. Not only that, the father claims his son is mentally ill. Now we have two problems according to a Mennonite.
How David dealt with his difficulties is key. He locked away his son in a small jail like cell in the basement. Rather than confront the issues at hand, Papa literally hid them away from sight.
After authorities where contacted, it took pressure to force Mr. Knelsen to release his son.
Avoid confronting your troubles is the key to Mennonites.
Instead of working together with his son in correcting the behavior, it was pushed away in hopes that it’d sort itself out.
The core of this issue I believe is a lack of education. Mennonites finish school around the age of 12 and aren’t taught to think. Rather, follow! They prefer to default to tradition and if the answer doesn’t lie therein, avoid it at all costs or claim that God will eventually extend an olive branch.
Yes, I am heavily generalizing and this is an extreme case but it illustrates the point well. We don’t like to deal with our issues or deny they’re there to begin with.