Take a Stand

Luther monument in Worms, photo by Art History Images (Holly Hayes) on Flickr
Luther monument in Worms, photo by Art History Images (Holly Hayes) on Flickr

Daily Reform, Day 98

Galatians 2:13 & Acts 12:20-24

From the Reformer

It is marvelous how God preserved the Church by one single person. Paul alone stood up for the truth, for Barnabas, his companion, was lost to him, and Peter was against him. Sometimes one lone person can do more in a conference than the whole assembly.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

I am reminded of those whom the Church has largely forgotten: the men who chose to translate the scriptures into the common language. In the late-14th century, John Wycliffe stood against Church and government when he gave the English people a Bible in their own language. 150 years later, Martin Luther did the same in Germany. Just a couple of years later, William Tyndale did the same for England (from Germany). The latter two were aided by the printing press that was invented midway between Wycliffe’s and Luther’s lives.

These men took a stand to do what they knew to be right when the empowered majority opposed them. To be clear, it was not The Church that decided to give the people the Scripture in a language they could read. They were individual men who accomplished this monumental task. Those individuals changed the course of history, doing so against great odds and some paying with their lives.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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