In just a few days, on October 31, we will be celebrating an event that happened 500 years ago. On that day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. He believed that "The just shall live by faith," a revolutionary concept at that time and something that went completely contrary to mainstream religious teaching. It wasn't until several years later, in 1529, that the word protestant was used, originally to describe the princes and other supporters of Luther who protested the Edict of Worms. Before long, the word protestant began to be used to refer to anyone who believed the church needed to reform. We often think that the reformation began with Martin Luther, and in a large sense it did. During prayer meeting in Lawrenceburg, however, we have been watching the YouTube series "Lineage Journey" and we have discovered that there were many before the reformation who held onto the truth and carried the torch which was passed to Luther and the other reformers.
Today it seems that many people have forgotten why they are called protestants or why there was a protest to begin with. I know it's easy to settle back and become complacent in our christianity. But this is not what God has called us to do! In the book of Revelation, Jesus has a message to the church of Ephesus: "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love" (Revelation 2:4). Remember how it was when you first fell in love with Christ? You were searching for ways that you could please Him! It's time to catch a glimpse of the fire you once had. Don't sit back and stop protesting or reforming. Let's recapture the love we once had and turn the world upside down so we can go home!