Girolamo Savonarola, the Almost Reformer
Girolamo (Jerome) Savonarola was born in 1452 in
During this time, the powerful and famous House of Medici ruled
Savonarola was a brilliant administrator and a tireless reformer. His zeal, however, made his popularity short-lived. He sought to implement moral reforms and abolish vice anything connected with moral laxity (dancing, drinking, gambling, make-up, etc.). Opposition grew up like a weed. People are usually happy to have someone denounce someone else’s sins, but when it touches home, the sentiment shifts. Unscrupulous Pope Alexander offered him a position as Cardinal to get him out of
The Papacy lost out when the corrupt House of Medici lost power. With
I cannot help but admire one who defied a wicked Pope and stood up to a corrupt church and ruling House. There is something attractive about courage and determination that is not side-tracked by greed and the love of praise. But no matter how much virtue Savonarola demonstrated in his efforts to bring about moral reform, he was a reformer without the Gospel and he was a preacher without Christ. Let us remember that winning the culture wars of morality is not Christianity. Let us not be deceived, moral reformation is not salvation.