Mennonite children following in the Footsteps of Jesus . . . or Marx?

Previously on this blog, a light was shone on a new Mennonite Sunday School curriculum called Shine[1] which will be teaching contemplative spiritual practices to children beginning this fall. This new curriculum also teaches children that they are called to a ministry of reconciliation and peace. In every session of Shine there is a section called Peace Notes. The second of the three goals of these Peace Notes is as follows:

Goal: Follow in the footsteps of Jesus by . . .

– Providing an alternative to worldviews that emphasize individualism, power, and the accumulation of wealth [2]

Is this following what Jesus taught, or is this a Marxist view? It was Carl Marx who said that . . .

Accumulation of wealth at one pole is, therefore, at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole… ”[3]

How can providing a Marxist alternative to North American capitalism and our God given right to individualism be a way to train children in the ministry of peace, when . . .

“In reality, however, the Marxist system itself is responsible for the destruction of millions of human beings at the hands of its political parties and dictators, making it the greatest killing machine of all time.”[4]

Is the Shine curriculum teaching a Christian worldview to the children? Do parents want their children to be taught a Marxist worldview in Sunday School? Where are the watchmen on the wall? Who is teaching the children? Who will stand of for the truth?


[1] Contemplative Spiritual Formation in Mennonite Sunday School Curriculum
[2] The Shalom Arc: The Shine Curriculum’s Approach to the Bible
[3] Karl Marx, Capital (London, UK: Sonnenschein, 1982), 660–1. Cited in Harry W. Laidler, History of Socialism (New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1968), 152–3.
[4] Marxist Economics – Introduction


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