Scotland needs a Reformer

2 November 2011

Scotland has many theologians and Christian leaders, but no Reformer.

We often speak of first and second generation reformers, so that Martin Luther was a first generation reformer while John Calvin was a second generation reformer.  However this terminology deserves to be challenged, simply because without Luther there would have been no Calvin.  Luther was the instrument under God who began the 16th century reformation.  Calvin and all the rest developed it.  Luther was the Reformer.

Luther was not alone.  He would not have succeeded without the protection of Frederick the Wise, the Elector of Saxony.  John Hus was martyred one hundred years earlier, and the same would have happened to Luther apart from Frederick.  Luther spent his life within the geographical confines of the Elector’s territory, for if he had stepped outside it he would have been arrested, tried and despatched.  So much for those who think that religion and politics don’t mix.  This mantra flies in the face of reality.

Scotland needs a Reformer.  We have plenty of theologians and intelligent Christian leaders who can and will pick up the reins once reform begins, but until then we await our Reformer.

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”  Ezekiel 22:30.