The message from the first episode and limited clips I've seen seems to be this;
"Hi there World, we are The Hutterites, a quaint and interesting folk. We have a unique lifestyle with different customs, traditions, and foods. We have hurts and struggles just like anybody else, but deep down our goals in life are to have a good time. We are no angels and neither do we proclaim to be. We lead our life the way we do because that's the way it's always been done. We are Hutterites because we always have been. We have a vague idea how we got here, and a vaguer one on where we are heading. We live in the 21st century now. Why should we be held accountable to the elders? Why should anyone tell us what we should and shouldn't do?"
Rebellion and disrespect seem to be at forefront in this series. Also very little respect is shown for the Third Commandment in Exodus 20:7 "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."
Jesus commands his followers in Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Well, this light is very dim, some would say extinguished in American Colony.
The only positive I can find is that young Hutterites who watch this series can see the fruit of a rebellious and disrespectful attitude, and treat these episodes as a wake up call and a testament of how far we have and can fall.
And folks, Hutterite (communal) life without Jesus Christ as the founder, leader and centerpiece of our faith is not sustainable. It is as empty and meaningless as a rusted out 5 gallon pail.
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