Out in the Streets

Dear Reformers,

One of Martin Luther’s favorite books of the Bible was Romans. “…all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is ours in Christ Jesus…” Romans 3:23,24

We are on the brink of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation when Martin Luther took such words to heart and asked the Roman Catholic church to do so as well.

There are five things that stand out to me which Luther did:

1) Practice lifelong learning.…..Luther believed that neither age nor gender should limit learning. Education gave Luther the ability to rise above the limits of social class.

2) Communicate……………..... He was master communicator. Luther could draw a crowd and keep its attention.

3) Demonstrate courage……….When authorities branded him an outlaw and a heretic, he stood his ground. Luther said, "Brave soldiers do not fling away their arms and flee at the first attack of the enemy.”

4) Be Creative.………….............He used music as a medium of communication.  Luther found singing to be a highly effective means by which to reach the masses.

5) Demonstrate Commitment.....Through the 28 years of the reformation, on a regular basis, Luther demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice his personal gain for the advancement of his cause. His friends and followers appreciated his consistency.

In our own faith life, may we each seek to follow in the way which Luther led. Each of us is indebted to Luther in multiple ways.

One of my favorite quotes on Luther came from a seminary professor who told our class,  ”Luther was a street fighter theologian.” He worked the faith out in the streets. Is there any better place to do it?

Prayers : For Rodney Jackson recovering from surgery, for Debbi Meador fighting cancer, for Lyle Mercer and all others in need of healing.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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