By John Andrew Hostetler
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Respect for authority and order pervade the administration of a smooth-functioning colony. The elected officials are chosen from the membership of each colony. The governmental rule is a form of patriarchal-democracy, with the basic power residing in the voting body of male members. The preacher, as moral and spiritual head of the colony, is nominated from the group, selected by lot for a probationary period, and upon satisfactory performance, is ordained for life. He is aided by the assistant preacher who is usually in charge of the German school.
They do not have real sharing. They have rulers who are very rich. They do not share with the community of the poor. " The things created by God, such as the air, rain, snow, land, or water, Hutterites argue, should not become private property. This principle is applied to all material property in the Hutterite Christian community. The basis of this major point of doctrine is, according to their interpretation, the whole Christian Bible, especially the teaching and example of Christ. " Surrender of the will without surrender of material wealth as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles (2:44, 45; 4:3235) makes no sense at all to the Hutterites.
The wheat and chaff must be together, and they are not separated until the mill. " Page 47 Selected References History and Culture Hutterite Society, John A. Hostetler. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974. A holistic description of the history and present life of the group. The Golden Years of the Hutterites, Leonard Gross. Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa. 1980. Covers the sixteenth-century and second-generation movement. All Things Common: The Hutterian Way, of Life, Victor Peters. University of Minnesota Press, 1965.