Halloween is just a week away. In our house, we don’t celebrate it with bats and monsters and sugar-rushes (okay, maybe we get our sugar-rush). But because we don’t advocate for celebrating death and The Fall in general (for that’s what Halloween is essentially celebrating), we gather around the TV and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Luther (rated PG-13 for very brief disturbing images of violence).
No, I’m not talking about Martin Luther King Jr. (as I thought the Southern Baptist community was referring to for months when I first joined). Martin Luther is best known for exposing the sins and lies of the Roman Catholic Church, thus spearheading the Reformation. He denounced the Catholic adage, “Scripture Alone” as the Catholic’s belief in saving faith and took up in its stead, the rally cry, “Faith Alone” (Sola Fide).
For those of you unfamiliar with Martin Luther’s story, trust me when I say that you are much deprived (as I was for most of my life). He is one of my biggest historical heros, and I wish so much that I could have the faith and conviction he had. The book I’m about to recommend below truly is one of the most fascinating, entertaining reads I’ve come across in the last several years.
The reformation took place in the sixteenth century, and the reason we celebrate Martin Luther on Halloween is because it was on October 31, 1517 that he nailed the famed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany, thus sparking the Protestant Reformation.
So for Halloween this year (or, Reformation Day), do as the Toys do and shake things up a bit. Stay in, get your Snoopy on, bake some candy corn cookies like Sarabeth does, rent Luther, and by all means, put Here I Stand by Roland Bainton on your Christmas list! It truly is the best Christian biography I have ever read, next to Born Again by the late Charles Colson.