Your issue on Luther reminds us of how much we owe him. But we might also be reminded that he didn’t expect to change the status quo of 1500s Europe, in which practically all of the population was Christian by default as a consequence of the almost universal practice of infant baptism. It remained for subsequent reformers to change the default to being a Christian by choice, either through the introduction of confirmation or believer’s baptism.
Well, if you go to the trouble of nailing your ideas to a church door, marrying a nun, and getting excommunicated, you ought to have something to show for it.
If you’ve read Martin Luther’s writings and commentaries, you’ll understand how important his influence was, and still is. He’s not perfect, but he’s monumental.
I respectfully suggest you missed the painful truth about the election of Donald Trump. It’s not the political divide or even a divided evangelical community that should be our main concern, as difficult as they are. The flagrantly godless behavior of the President is the soul-searing problem here. That is the deep wound to which the church must respond.
I was very strongly “Never Trump” during the campaign and supported third-party candidate Gary Johnson. Everyone else in my small Honolulu church, which is mostly Asian and Native Hawaiian, voted for Trump. I felt almost isolated. After some very awkward moments in the days after the election, we have overcome our various political differences and have re-committed ourselves to the God who brings rulers up and takes them down. Strong political differences are in and of themselves not worth ...1