By Anna Mussmann
This is the time of year when my Lutheran friends share photos of Reformation choirs and Luther-themed socks on social media. Yet to my Roman Catholic friends, the Reformation isn’t something to celebrate.
In their eyes, our admiration for Martin Luther is as misguided as holding a big party in honor of one’s divorce. They argue that the Reformation ushered in a world where each individual’s personal taste in interpretation became supreme--leading to the moral chaos and postmodernism that riddles the cultural landscape today. At best, they see Protestants as limping along without the spiritual blessings God bestows through the Church; yet, like anorexics, rejoicing in this near-starvation.
I readily concede that the Reformation brought costs as well as benefits. Yet as a Lutheran, I am profoundly grateful for the sixteenth-century return to Scripture that reminded us of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, and Solus Christus. I am deeply appreciative of the Lutheran determination, demonstrated in the Book of Concord, to find and cling to Biblical truth. That is why I want my Catholic friends to know three things about the event I will be celebrating on October 31st.