Sun 23 Feb 2014
My latest at First Things went up a few days ago (February 18), to coincide with the anniversary of Luther’s death. Since then, it’s been picked up by Real Clear Religion and the Gospel Coalition, among other sites.
On this day in 1546, Martin Luther fell asleep in the Lord. Lutherans therefore recognize him this day and thank God for him. But let’s be honest: Luther wasn’t always a very nice man.
So begins the article. I go on to discuss Luther’s failings (they are many) before bringing us back to the real reason we remember him:
“This truly is why we remember Luther: not because he was always nice, not because he was always good, and certainly not because he was always right. He wasn’t. Instead, we remember Luther because he directed attention always away from himself to Christ. It is to Christ we look for salvation, not our own holiness.”
Read the whole thing at “Standing with Martin Luther: Remembering a sinful saint.”
(The title of this post is taken from Anthony Sacramone’s tweeted description of my article).