October 31 marks the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther monumental act of nailing his 95 complaints to the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church. His desire . . . to bring about transformation or at least reformation to the Roman Catholic Church. The outcome . . . a radical shift from within the church which fueled the formation of the Protestant Church. Did Brother Luther (he was a Roman Catholic monk) know that his desire for reform would lead to schism or the creation of a new branch of the Christian tree? I honestly believe that Luther’s hope was for reform from within and not the break that took place.
Today, we face new issues that cause us to fear fracture rather than embrace reform. Here are a few hints I would like to offer to help us face the future unafraid.