Pastors must feel a sense of panic each December, knowing they’ll need to preach Christmas sermons the Sunday before Christmas as well as Christmas Eve. How can they find a fresh angle? What can they say that pastors haven’t said for centuries on end? How do they keep their congregations from becoming jaded to the wonder of Christ’s Incarnation?
As a blogger, I believe I empathize with their plight. Before starting The Outspoken TULIP, I maintained another blog for nine years, giving me a total of twelve years and three months doing this ministry. Around Christmastime, I panic a little myself. What can I add to the conversation that’s different from my Christmas blog posts lying in my archives? And how can my articles complement, rather than parrot, those of my fellow Christian bloggers?
Today I feel the same sort of panic. It’s Reformation Day, and I am stymied as to how to blog about it. Granted, few people even know what Reformation Day is. Fewer care. But I’ve written several essays explaining what Reformation Day commemorates, and several more on its significance to 21st Century Christians. Other Reformed bloggers have done the same.
And so, I come to today’s blog post wondering what I can possibly add to the discussion. How can I generate excitement among readers that have a) heard it all before, b) don’t really care or c) have already read countless Reformation Day blog posts in the past few days and are tired of hearing about it?
I honestly don’t think I can.
That admission doesn’t mean that my excitement over Reformation Day has diminished. On the contrary, I’m more excited than ever to celebrate Reformation Day! Because of a little German monk in 1517, the Lord has made a way for me to read the Bible, become aware of my sinful condition and trust in a risen Savior Who died for me. The Protestant Reformation opened the Gospel to me.
Each Christmas we celebrate God’s gift of His only begotten Son.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~~John 3:16 (ESV)
Reformation Day, in turn, celebrates the 16th Century Reformers who, by making Scripture available to men and women of every social station, allow us access to that indescribable gift. For that reason, even though I can’t say anything novel or unique about the Reformation, I can’t say enough about it!