silentreader wrote:YorkandAdams wrote:KingdomBuilder wrote:One group I talked with while visiting said I should join because "[they] need some new genes".......
The comment made to me on my second visit to a conservative Mennonite church was that it was good for them to have "New Blood" coming into the church. That freaked me out for a while.
Can you explain why it freaked you out? Was the person totally serious, do you think, or attempting a mild jest?
Well, you have to remember that I was still in a cultural shock being from "the outside", and this was the first time I ever talked to the man.
Just for some context, I was mentioning to the him that it seemed everyone in the church was related. That is when he made the "new blood" comment. He had also just a few minutes before introduced me to his family which consisted of his wife and single daughters. At the time I thought that this might be some weird Mennonite dating ritual, but now I realize how far off I was.