October 24, 2017
This Sunday commemorates the 500th anniversary of a significant event in human history. On October 31, 1517, the world reverberated from a few hammer blows to a small, German church door.
No one could predict how this scholar’s simple act of nailing his hand-written statement, questioning the Catholic Church’s practices, to a door would significantly shape the future of religion and the world. The Protestant Reformation altered nations, changed politics, started wars and inspired innovations in science, industry, economics and medicine. Reformation affected exploration and colonization. The Protestant work ethic, democratic governments and missions changed because of Martin Luther’s simple act 500 years ago.
The Reformation reclaimed a biblical view of salvation, worship and responsibility and ultimately served as a ‘reformed’ way of thinking, beliefs and practices for the future of Protestant churches.
As we acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who came before us, let us continue to pray for continued reformation in the church, be encouraged and embrace gratitude as we move forward together in grace.