October 25, 2017
Next Tuesday we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Five hundred years ago a Catholic monk nailed his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, which began the protestant reformation and changed the course of the Christian religion forever.
So why did Martin Luther do this? He wanted the people to be able to know exactly what the Bible said. One of Luther’s great passions was to get the Word of God into the language of the people. Through reading the scriptures Luther developed his three guiding principles: Grace alone, Faith alone and Scripture alone. We still hold true to these principles today. We are saved only by God’s grace. We receive this grace only through faith; there is nothing that we can do to earn it. The Word of God in his scriptures is the only source of truth; we are to look to the scriptures for answers to the questions we have in our lives and faith.
What has been forgotten over the years is that the term Lutheran was created to ridicule or make fun of the people who followed Luther. Today we embrace the term Lutheran as part of our identity. When we look at our school’s name, Valley Lutheran High School, we know we are to stay true to these three principles. God’s grace is given freely to all who believe. We want to share this message with every student and family. Our faith is the only thing that saves us. Truth is found in the scriptures and they stand alone as inerrant truth.
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation I thank God for Martin Luther. I hope we all have the courage to stand for truth the way he did.
Mr. Robert Koehne