Input: Reflektionen zur Young, Restless, Reformed-Bewegung

In themelios 39.3 (November 14) schreibt D. A. Carson über Sonnen- und Schattenseiten der reformierten Erweckungsbewegung. Besonders bewegt haben mich seine Gedanken über den medialen Zugang. Und natürlich seine Empfehlung, so viel Kraft wie möglich in die Ausbildung einer neuen Leitergeneration zu investieren:

From this experience, and from reading of many other movements with their origin in God’s good hand of grace, I’ve come to some resolutions should God in his mercy ever place me in such circumstances again. The first and foremost is this: Don’t trust the media, and trust your own heart with respect to the temptations of the media even less. Don’t “puff” the movement: God will not share his glory with another. The second is this: Use all the spiritual and emotional energy that such a movement stirs up to train the next generation of leaders. The alternative is to focus on certain experiences, experiences that are frequently puffed by the media but that serve as a distraction from the message of the cross. That does not mean that we must not use the media to get the message across. Far from it: Paul’s “so that by all possible means I might save some” calls to us still. But it is one thing to use the digital world to circulate truth; it is another to seek our own glory through it; it is yet another to play to the media experts whose agenda is rarely that of God’s; and it is yet another to forget that, like death, the media often have insatiable appetites, a huge maw that devours people and movements with little care and less respect. If we play to the media, the chances are, humanly speaking, that they will eventually turn around and eat us.