Well, Wenchebach, you are entitled to your opinion. But as far as equating the “most Christian way of life” with having to carry insurance. . .
The fact of the matter is, there are a lot more “non Amish” in the world than there are Amish. In fact, you are proving my point about ‘community’ and exclusiveness by saying that, were you Amish, they would ‘take care of you’ so that you would not (in the normal course) need ‘insurance’ (though personal catastrophe such a child needing cancer treatments might not be ‘covered’, for example).
If they were to ‘take care of me’ should I live in their town and yet not be Amish, to the very same extent that they ‘take care of their own’, you might have a point that they extended ‘care of their neighbor’ in that instance ‘more’ than the average Christian. Nothing more, nothing less.
Believe me, I know the ‘pull’ of things like the ‘simple life’ of the Amish, the ‘pull’ of “old fashioned days, times, and societies.” Life seems so much better than it does today. But the Amish (men anyway) still put their pants on one leg at a time, like any other man.
And having lived on the other side, just remember that the Amish girls don’t even have as much opportunity as the Amish boys do. Sewing by hand, cooking without electricity, the farm and household chores, unrelieved by outside agents (no phone, TV, radio, even piano), would pall on you VERY quickly. It’s easy to think how idyllic life would be ‘back on the land’ until you actually have to live it. You wouldn’t even have much chance to read your Bible with the chores you’d have to be doing, let alone be discussing it freely. Life is not just ‘simple living’ and meekness, and hiding from ‘the world’.
Our “religion” has not adapted to the world at all. Our people have. If you really feel that the teachings of today are not the same as those of yesterday, I recommend reading some good solid Catholic “history of the church”. Even the Amish do not live ‘exactly as the people in the Bible did’ . . . (sandals being a bit impractical for chilly Ohio and PA winters). Certainly they have completely bypassed 1500 years of Catholic teaching on the Eucharist for starters–I mean, right there, I’m sorry, no matter how admirable a ‘life style’ may be, it is NO SUBSTITUTE for the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Christ.
The people in Jesus’ day did not live just as the patriarchs of Jewish history did. . .but Jesus didn’t tell his disciples to live in the past, or even ‘remain just as you are today’. He warned them that the world was always there and that we were not to live in it but rather be ‘of’ it, not hiding from it, not stubbornly refusing to adapt to totally outside matters like electricity or clothing zippers.