This year for Halloween my son wanted to be Woody from Toy Story. This was the first year he really wanted to be something. It was fun for me to take him to pick out his costume. (As you might guess, we are not teetotalers when it comes to Halloween.) To be honest I pretty excited that he picked something cool, parents worry about these things. It would have been weird if he had wanted to be Martin Luther.
We often forget that it was on this day in 1517 that Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of Wittenbug Church. Most people don’t realize that the act was more of an academic nature. Luther intent was stir debate in the academic world than to cause the uprising that he did. But, history tells us that the printing press caused a different outcome.
Luther’s thesis attacked the church in areas he felt they had moved away from scripture. The jist of these were: The authority of the Pope (he liked to “forgive sins based on money give to the church.” The authority of scripture. And the role of faith. If Pentecost gave birth to the Christian church, then the Reformation was that child coming to age through puberty.
My question for you on this day is what thesis/challenges would you nail on your heart? Are their ways you have grow away form the desire of the Holy Spirit? in what ways do you need reformation?
Just in case your a secret nerd and want to read the thesis for your self: http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/web/ninetyfive.html