Halloween is a fun holiday, especially for those of us who love candy. It’s fun to see kids in costumes and just enjoy the hijinks. (I’m not going to debate whether we should celebrate it or not; I’ll just take part in the fun – and the Reese’s Pumpkins.)
But don’t forget the other important event that some of us celebrate today. Today is the 502nd anniversary of when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the church at Wittenberg, sparking the Protestant Reformation.
John Piper has a terrific article over at Desiring God about this day, and it’s worth reading the whole thing. But I want to highlight one particular feature of the Reformation: the renewed emphasis on scripture.
We take so much for granted today about the truth and about the word that we can hardly imagine what it cost Luther to break through to the truth, and to sustain access to the word. Study mattered. His life and the life of the church hung on it. And so, Luther studied, and preached, and wrote more than most of us can imagine.
It must have been a tremendous revelation to read the Word and study it deeply for the first time. Discovering the truth in God’s Word and experiencing its timelessness had to be like drinking from a fire hydrant.
It really is difficult to imagine a time when the Catholic Church tightly controlled access to God’s Word. We have it so much at our fingertips, from so many translations to websites and apps that make the Bible available to us.
What that really means is that we have the truth at the ready at all times. We can counter the lies that the world tries to tell us more easily than before. Do we Christians take God’s Word for granted?
We live in a world that sees truth as relative, fluid, and changing. We believers know that it’s not, and we have God’s Word to help us prove it. We have a responsibility as believers to share that truth with the world.
Martin Luther risked his life and reputation for many things, but one of the things he stood up for was for the common believer to have access to God’s Word. He believed that we should read it, know what it says, study it diligently, and put it into practice.
As a Christian, I’m grateful that Martin Luther led that charge. I hope you are too, and I hope that you’ll continue to study scriptures and live them out in your life.
Happy Reformation Day!