“What matters [more than living by your own religion plans or projects] is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.” Galatians 5:4
Rumspringa is a term used by the Amish to mean “running around” and usually begins between the ages of 14-16. It is time for the teens to venture out of their Amish communities and interact with the English. It is expected that these young people may be tempted into non-Amish ways, but it is the hope that at the end of their time of freedom, Amish young adults will be baptized into the church and continue in Amish ways.
I admire the Amish and especially the opportunity for rumspringa. My parents gave me the choice of joining the Lutheran church after my confirmation training. I never questioned the idea of a “rumspringa” and venturing out to try other churches.
In Galatians, Apostle Paul tells us it’s not about our religious affiliation, it’s about faith expressed in love.
Dear Lord, when we run up against someone who differs from our religious convictions, help us to show and not just tell about our faith. Amen.