“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
― Martin Luther
But seriously, without Martin Luther tacking his theses to the door that day, we’d have no Protestant reformation. The Bible would have taken longer to get into the people’s hands (I’m sure that it would have happened anyway, but his translation of the Bible into German set the stage for the common people to be able to read the scriptures themselves.) We’d still be talking Latin in church. We’d be held to tradition instead of what is Biblical. We’d think that it’s by good works rather than grace that we are able to attain salvation.
Did you know that he wrote hymns? Here is just one of them (and just the first verse.)
A mighty fortress is our God
A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevaling.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.
The Reformation didn’t happen overnight, it didn’t happen without struggle and pain, it happened through perseverance and sacrifice.
“The heart overflows with gladness, and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active, and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy. You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God.”
― Martin Luther
So, thank you Martin Luther for having the boldness to speak up and defend scripture.
“One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.”
― Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty