Imitation of the Saints

John Calvin, in his commentary on Luke 9:54, says this:

Here we see to what we are driven by a foolish imitation of the holy fathers. James and John plead the example of Elijah, but they do not consider how far they differ from Elijah. … Neglecting the exercise of judgment, they were apes rather than imitators of the holy fathers. … Therefore the examples of the saints are no defense to us, unless the same Spirit that directed them dwell in us.

The church is filled with tradition. It’s hard to escape. Sometimes, it’s a comfort, and sometimes, it’s almost smothering. But, good or bad, just because there’s an example — even an example in Scripture (much less the example of a few years’ or decades’ practice) — doesn’t mean it’s what God wants us to do now. We’re not the same people, and our context isn’t the same context.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s