Martin Luther was an educated monk who could read the scripture. And it was reading the Bible that completely turned Martin Luther’s life around. His understanding of grace came from reading Paul’s letters; it was so enormously important that he thought everyone should have the privilege of reading the powerful words of scripture.
My friends, this is our heritage. We can trace our lineage back to these Reformers These people who were willing to dialogue who were willing to listen closely to the Spirit, who were willing to learn what was wrong with their world, with their church, and let what they learned provoke them to create change.
God’s call to the church is no different today…
So here is my question to you…
How will we follow?
In this world of so much suffering, God is still speaking
In this world of so much injustice, the message of Christ’s Resurrection still rings out
In this world of so much brokenness, the Spirit’s is still pushing us towards reform.
How will we, in faith, start this dialogue?
Are we willing to listen to the Spirit?
Are we willing to listen deeply enough, that we change?
. . . let’s be honest. How are we supposed to feel about people who abandon ship and ignore their responsibilities? We shake our heads in wonder that anyone could be so thoughtless and self-centered. How are we supposed to feel, we who are the keepers of hearth and home, we who serve on Boards and work at the food pantry, who check in on our neighbors and spend countless volunteer hours at church. We’re the doers, not the slackers. What would people do without us, and all the hours we log in just taking care of what needs to be done? Do the slackers think it just happens by magic?
And boy, when we get going, that attitude really has legs. Just get us going on all the slackers in this world.
And notice, I said, “us.” Me too. Me too.