Published on October 30th, 2012 | by Desiree M. Mondesir0
We Want You: As the Reformation Generation!
In the 16th century, an educated yet unpublicized priest unknowingly sparked a movement of righteousness in his church denomination. Only wishing that God’s will be done on earth and that corruption in the Catholic Church would be abolished, he posted the “Ninety-Five Theses” to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. That man was Martin Luther and the movement he sparked was The Reformation: arguably one of, if not the greatest, movement of righteousness seen in the Church as a whole since its inception. But what does The Reformation from almost 500 years ago have to do with you? Everything.
What is Reformation?
The dictionary defines reformation as “the act of reforming (changing; improving); the state of being reformed.” It has to do with the removal of evil and the improvement and transformation of an entity, organization, etc. We in the world need this desperately.
They say that to check the pulse of a church, one must check the pulse of the children and youth (young adult) ministries. If these are healthy, then the church itself is healthy, or will be soon. However, this can work in the opposite direction as well. Therefore, we can safely presume that when we look at our societies and see Generations X and Y plagued with problems from every angle, the future of our society does not look good. But God can change that.
Reformation needs to take place now. We cannot wait any longer for someone to give it to us!
Why Do We Need It?
In the introduction of Cindy Jacobs’ fabulous book “The Reformation Manifesto,” she references C. Peter Wagner’s “Seven Gates of Society” (pg. 20). These “gates” include government, media and communication, the marketplace, the arts, education, family and the church and ministry. These are areas of great influence in society but have run amuck and desperately need reformation.
For example, media outlets are slanted and biased. We’re in the middle of a terrible recession. The arts are becoming a club that promotes the LGBQT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Queer Transsexual) society. Education is lacking and being funded by quacks and those with demonic agendas. The family is deteriorating and the blame for all of this falls on the head of a comfortably apathetic Church. But God can change that.
How Can We Implement It?
The first and most foundational step is to pray. If we pray, we release God to work through us and cause His kingdom to manifest “on earth as it is in heaven.” Then we must register and vote according to our Kingdom [of God] affiliation. Always remember, faith without works is dead so we cannot be fully effective in our prayers if we don’t act accordingly and vote (James 2:20).
After those first two steps, the process becomes a bit more personalized. Find out what arenas or “gates” God has called you to reform. Most of us attend (or will attend) a college or trade school, but how about those who are called into the arts or government? Each of us, young though we may be, must take on the specialized giants that are placed in our path. Without slaying them we will never achieve our destiny. Reformation of those seven gates will indeed transform our society and world as a whole and, in the end, give our children and grandchildren a world that we will not be afraid for them to live in. Godly reformation is our only option.