Today is Reformation Day, in honor of Martin Luther and the Reformation that resulted from his 95 Theses nailed to the church door in Wittenberg.
No, I will not be preaching sermons or dissecting doctrines.
Despite its flaws, I enjoy the film Luther, and think the filmmakers did a good job telescoping time and telling an epic story in only two hours. Catholics may not like the film so much, and even many Protestants aren’t happy with it, but I offer solely my opinion.
And one of my favorite songs by Wes King is “Martin Luther” (from The Robe, 1993):
On the eve of All Saints Day
The year was 1517
Absolution paved your way
A piece of silver set you free
One man stood from the rest
Was compelled to confess
I’m gonna light me on fire
Flames of truth are burnin’ me
I’m gonna light me a fire
The world will come to see
The truth that’s changing me
The chapel ceiling’s austere
No man would dare question Rome
Superstition and fear
Woods filled with fairies and gnomes
The door of Wittenberg
The truth was finally heard (chorus)
I will not
I will not
Here I stand
Five centuries have come and gone
His flame has not been forgotten
‘Cause today I sing his song
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
With growing certainty
This truth prevails in me (chorus)
Some celebrate Halloween. I celebrate a transformed me.