Monday, October 31, 2011


"How can an unrighteous man be made right with God?"

Today is Reformation Day. This is the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenburg door, consisting primarily of objections to the theology and practice of the Roman Catholic Church. This is the day which the Protestant Reformation - one of the most important and most downplayed movements in human history - took place.

Because of the Protestant Reformation, the Renaissance was able to flower, science, art, industry, and culture was able to grow and move away from the medieval period, and the whole world changed. The Protestant Reformation was primarily focused on a basic dilemma: God is perfect and demands perfect righteousness, and humans are innately sinful. How can this possibly be reconciled?

The reformers studied scripture and understood that this could only happen through the doing and dying of the incarnate Christ, both man and God. By his doing and dying, through his perfect life lived in our place and his sacrificial death for our sins God brings us justice and righteousness through mercy and love. There is no other way.

Oh, yeah, there's some masquerade going on involving candies and pumpkins too. Maybe during all that you can consider the reformation, too.

1 comment:

Eric said...

Having an argument with a preacher friend of mine today about Halloween... he has a problem with it because it "glorifies fear and darkness". I told him I think it ridicules those things more than it glorifies them.

I'd respect his argument lot more if he simply said, "I have a problem with it because it eclipses Reformation Day".