I am a died in the wool, conservative Lutheran. I believe in the Word of God as God’s own voice to us, inspired by Him into the pens of men. Having attended Lutheran schools for most of my life, I had access to that Word on a daily basis, but I’m still learning from it. It’s a book that continues to give answers to life’s daily problems and comfort in times of need. It’s filled with stories of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things with God’s guidance and help.
Being conservative in this time in history, isn’t always popular. In fact, many folks believe that we need to adjust our worship and beliefs to fit what society dictates. Today we’re at another crossroads as some of the main tenets of our beliefs are being squelched by political correctness and popular ideas. If we continue down this path, the church will soon be unrecognizable from its early beginnings.
In the time of the Renaissance, a young monk from Germany changed the course of the church, by standing up for the truths written in God’s Word. Martin Luther was that monk. He was troubled by the daily need to confess his sins, to show contrition, to beat himself – physically and mentally in order to please God. When he finally realized that he had nothing to do with his salvation, and that through God’s own Son, he was redeemed, he had no choice. He took a stand – a stand that would begin a series of reformations throughout Europe. There was division then as there is today.
Martin Luther once said, “You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”
Churches seem to be waning. Mega churches seem to be thriving. We, in the minority who won’t stray from what God expects of His people, need to be bold and courageous in our witnessing. The world is crumbling daily. The time is right. We have tools available that never existed before in time. Just as Luther used the newly invented printing press to share the Word, we can do likewise by being firm in our convictions and unafraid of those who might think we’re being intolerant, insufferable, judgmental or inhospitable.
Someday soon, I fear there will be a huge persecution against the church. It’s already taking place in other parts of the world. Are we ready? Are we willing to give up our lives to defend our Jesus? When we stand up for God’s Word and its truth- Choose to follow God rather than what makes us feel good – we’ll stand up and proudly proclaim the love of God for all people. Even when steeples are falling, if we don’t defend God, His Word and His gift of salvation, it’s as bad as saying nothing and depriving others of what we all need – Amazing grace!