Reformation Day – Five Years to the 500th Anniversary
A Long Long Time Ago… or … Will We Remember?
I love Roman archaeology: Hadrian’s Wall, the Forum, aqueducts, amphitheatres, Roman Roads, baths and the list goes on. Wherever the Romans went they left their mark. You cannot travel around Europe without being aware that eons ago this civilisation was dominant in much of Europe, and in deed, northern Africa and Palestine. Even the builders of Winchester Cathedral became acutely aware of the Romans when they realised their building was sinking because the land was once a river which neat Romans had straightened out.
In two thousand years time, or even 1000, or maybe 500, if Christ hasn’t returned, will people be aware of C21st western Christianity? Will there be vibrant bodies of Christ challenging the ethos of the day and declaring biblical alternatives? Will there be people of passion seeking the spiritual health of the souls of men, women and children? Will there be a zeal for justice and the plight of the voiceless? Will there be worship that gives society a glimpse of heaven in the midst of the daily grind? Will Jesus be known?
Nearly 500 years ago, on October 31st, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses against indulgences on the door of the Castle Church Wittenberg. Many consider this to be the match that lit the Reformation. Other reforming hearts had come before him; Wycliffe, Tyndale, Hus and many others, but the time was right to challenge unbiblical views within the church of the day. The remembrance of this monumental event in history is even being forgotten in the churches this event begot.
It is a scary thought. Except, thank God, the advancement of the gospel is not in our hands. Although we are responsible.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deut 4:9
God’s people on their Journey to the promised land were urged to remember the events that had occurred and laws that had been given up to this point. They were all pointers to God’s amazing grace. Forget them and they will forget God and His message and purpose for them.
Our churches and families have an important and monumental task to teach our children and children’s children about God, His message and purpose for them.