If you’ve spent any length of time around me, you’ll know that I’ve got a thing for Martin Luther. It comes from the fact that even though he struggled with God and struggled with the world, he somehow managed to be a major player in the reformation. Someone who was broken changed the church. It shows that God’s strength is enough to get us through, and that even someone broken can be a vessel for change. The reformation was a big deal. That’s an understatement, but you probably get the idea. I suppose the best way to explain it is that without the reformation, we’d still be Catholic. I think. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Over lunch today we were talking about football and culture and church and youth ministry. Oh, and cats and politics. But culture sticks out to me at the moment. The reformation was so powerful because at the same time the printing press started to be used and so copies of the Bible were available for the layperson to study. This was God’s providence at work to make sure this shift happened… from the power being in the priests, to the power being in the Word.
A lot of organisation would have gone into bringing together groups of theologians to talk about issues in the reformation, but now we have blogs and Facebook and if you can fit ideas into 120 characters, Twitter too. Communication is readily available to us, even with someone on the opposite side of the world.
A guest at college for the week, Jack Gabig, told me that the reformation has already begun. Much like the printing press changed everything, the internet changed everything for us. I’m processing this thought slowly and trying to work out how this reformation works and exactly what is changing. The means of communication has, that is clear.
What else has changed? A friend told a story about how someone at their church kept their earphones in during church, except for songs. They were listening to a Mark Driscoll sermon. They preferred Driscoll to the churches minister, and so that was okay. Consumerism is rampant. If we don’t like what we hear, surely someone else will agree with me. If Mark Driscoll doesn’t say it, I’m sure Erwin McManus would. If John Piper doesn’t, maybe Louie Giglio will.
Maybe we’ve walked away from the solid idea of truth and wound up in the hazy area where everything is up for interpretation. The opposite to where the Catholic Church were. Maybe.
What do you think is changing?
What do you think needs to change?
Who do you think the equivalent to Martin Luther is?