John S made an interesting comment at the end of my last post (all ) about live twittering tonight’s Presidential Debate got me thinking about a Quaker response to the debates might be. As I’ve admitted I can be rather snarky and partisan. So I prepared some interesting quotes from some old Quaker tesimonies and have been sprinkling them throughout my twitter commentary.
- 1762: Friends ought not be active in electing to offices, the execution whereof tends to lay wast our Christian testimony
- <1879: Members should maintain inoffensive, circumspect emeanour towards all men, manifesting peaceable spirit of Christ.
- <1879: Friends should avoid those heats & controversies respecting the policies and govt’s of the world.
- 1874: The mere natural wisdom and will of man have no palce in the church of Christ.
- 1808: The preservation of love and unity is a duty in every state of religious attainment.
- 1853: It is upon the simplicity of the Truth as it is in Jesus that our testimony to plainness and moderation rests.
- <1879: Friends are to avoid electing brethren to civil govt as may subject them to temptation of violating testimonies.
- 1808: Friends are not to unite in warlike measures, either offensive or defensive, we are subj of Messaih’s peaceful reign.
- 1843: Fds must decline acceptance of any office or station in civil govt w/duties inconsistent w/our religious principles.
- 1843: Friends warned vs. raising & circulating paper credit w/appearance of value w/o intrinsic reality.
- 1843: Friends should be open-hearted and liberal in raising funds for relief for members in indigent circumstances.
- 1843: So may we be living members of the Church militant on earth; and inhabitants of that city which hath foundations.
- 1853: The standards which the world adopts in pursuit of trade and desire for riches in not safe for disciple of Christ.
- 1853: May no Friends involve themselves in worldy concerns disqualify for right use of their time, talents & temporal substance.
The quotes are culled from “Christian Advices” (1879) and “Rules of Discipline” (1843), both published by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. I think these are Orthodox and Hicksite respectively, but I’m not an expert in the investigative details necessary to differentiate between yearly meeting publications. If anyone knows “Christian Advices” says it’s available from the Friends Bookstore at 304 Arch Street; “Rules of Discipline” is printed by John Richards of 130 N. Third Street.