Friday, October 29, 2010

Reformation - conclusion

Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 46; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36
I suppose I should have said something about being Lutheran this week, after all Reformation is the Lutheran 4th of July and you wouldn’t celebrate independence without some flag waving and fireworks. So here is a Luther quote that might make a bang, “If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.” Which I think he was only able to say because of this flag waving quote, “Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it.” Radical trust is what it means to be a Christian of the Lutheran flavor even though Lutherans, like everyone else would prefer a cross the t and dot the i system where God had to play by rules we understand and ultimately control. But to trust that God loves with no strings attached, no down payment required, because God’s very nature is love means God’s love is truly free. I don’t mean all paths lead to the same truth. Only Jesus crossed the t and dotted the i in the way that means no one else has to. There is only one way, only one truth, only one life that makes this life and forever life possible. So what if we were to say this Reformation Sunday that we’d be willing to risk death a thousand times if the laughter in heaven came from more people than our limited knowledge and doctrine allows for? But then why wait? A bold trust in God’s grace means we don’t have to wait for heavenly laugher for whenever we are so certain of God’s favor to live at peace with all people, especially those who disagree with us – even fellow Lutherans – the laughter in heaven is God’s.


  1. two great quotes, Pastor Phil! I love your pithy post about radical trust. It is immensely Lutheran, even though most of us Lutherans need to be kicked in the rear to remember it.


  2. Thanks, Pastor Diane. As a fellow dog lover - we have ten dogs of various breeds and sizes - do you know this Luther quote? "Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail." Especially appropriate for a Golden Retriever!