Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Reformation Day is tomorrow. Thanks to the guys at TeamPyro for jogging my memory on that one. Oddly enough, Halloween falls on the same day. In one of my more snide moments, I was wondering how some in the Emergent Church would celebrate Reformation Day if at all. Some of them seem to disdain the idea of the Reformation. In fact, given the penchant of some to toy with syncretism -- and their love of the mystic and medieval -- I find myself wondering if they'll have a Wicker Man celebration followed by communion afterward. But again, that's me in my more snide moments. Snidely Whiplash I'm not. At least not yet.
Seriously, I think Reformation Day would be a great day to remember all the good things the Reformers brought us. Recapturing the biblical Gospel. A renewed devotion to the authority of Scripture. A whole host of things that evangelicals seem to be forgetting. And of all people, evangelicals should know better. Going "home to Rome" is bad enough. But syncretism is even worse. The Gospel remains the stone of stumbling that it has always been. Jesus is the only way. He's the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to God the Father but through Him. That has never been a popular message, and it never will be. But the Achilles Heel of the church today is that it wants to be popular. The Gospel has become a product to be sold rather than a truth proclaimed.
Perhaps we need a Reformation all over again.