Skip to comments.Always Reforming, Without Tarrying [Today is Reformation Day][Reformed Caucus]
Posted on 10/31/2012 6:32:24 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
Today is Reformation Day, and I wanted to pass along a quote that I have found to embody a valuable perspective about the imperative to always be seeking reform of ones own life and manners, without needing to tarry for broader social or political change.
The quote appears in the newly-published translation of a work by the Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck, The Christian Family, which originally appeared in 1908.
The point of departure is his exploration of the institution of the family and its social significance, but Bavincks words apply equally as well to efforts for improving other spheres as well:
All good, enduring reformation begins with ourselves and takes its starting point in ones own heart and life. If family life is indeed being threatened from all sides today, then there is nothing better for each person to be doing than immediately to begin reforming within ones own circle and begin to rebuff with the facts themselves the sharp criticisms that are being registered nowadays against marriage and family. Such a reformation immediately has this in its favor, that it would lose no time and would not need to wait for anything. Anyone seeking deliverance from the state must travel the lengthy route of forming a political party, having meetings, referendums, parliamentary debates, and civil legislation, and it is still unknown whether with all that activity he will achieve any success. But reforming from within can be undertaken by each person at every moment, and be advanced without impediment.
2Ch 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Happy Reformation Day!