Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Revolution or Reformation?
What an interesting study those two words are! The word revolution conjures different connotations, depending on the intended reference. One thing springs to mind when talking about the "Revolutionary War" and another entirely when listening to the Beatles "Revolution". Considering the great chasm separating the ideology of the Revolutionary war and the political climate surrounding the writing of "Revolution", one has to assume that one of those events ought not to have been labeled revolution.
Obviously, the '60's were fraught with revolution, the consequences of which effect us today. Revolution, by definition, is an attempt to overthrow established government or social structure. Generally, revolution is achieved through massive bloodshed. While loudly proclaiming equality for the people, revolution saturates the ground with the blood of its sons and daughters. Answering the call of "a common purse", revolutionaries seek to lift society up by tearing it down.
Reformation, on the other hand, is the purging of corruption, whether in government, society or one's self. Reformers seek, not to destroy society, but to improve upon it based on the wisdom of their fathers. They seek to return to the knowledge and understanding of the great men who built this country with a foundation of truth. Rather than destroying all that has made our country thrive, they seek to return to the principles upon which it was founded.
Reformation begins in the hearts of men. It does not begin in the city square, with a wild-eyed radical calling for violence against "evil corporation" or in the classroom with a teacher leading children in a song about the "99%". Reformation begins when one man sees the wisdom in his fathers words and acts according to the truth. Reformation begins when one family chooses NOT to accept government help. Reformation begins when one person takes responsibility for their actions - even if it costs them everything.
Revolution is a great beast that requires - no demands, a blood sacrifice. It thrives on the flesh of the ones it claims to free. Presenting itself as the great equalizer, revolution only serves to bind the ignorant and enslave the masses.
In retrospect, perhaps the Revolutionary War would have been more accurately described as the "Reformationary War". The great men who laid the foundations of this country were merely following the examples of their fathers, and their fathers fathers. The path of liberty had been paved by the authors of the Magna Carta, and before that, the Gospels of Christ. Instead of being revolutionaries bent on overthrowing government, our founding fathers chose to purge the corrupt government of the British Empire and embrace the liberty of their fathers by establishing a government based on the preservation of the freedoms and responsibilities of the individual man.
As easy as it can be to champion revolution when we are face-to-face with evil, we must instead be workers of reformation. Reform you heart. Reform you family. And then reform your nation.