As I entered this world in 1956 there were a few traditions that governed my parents. Infant baptism, holidays with extended family and church attendance highlighted my life even before I had any personal recall. My parents have been and continue to be devote Lutherans. There was a time that I didn’t think much of that but I have noticed how the philosophy and theology of Martin Luther’s emphasis has shaped mine. I believe that began at an early age.
Nothing was bigger to Luther than Romans. He attributes his spiritual reformation to this Book/Letter. He called it the “chief” Book of the New Testament. Others have used similar words like, “the greatest letter ever written.” Could that be? In reference to the Christian faith, I believe that accolade fits. I could quote author after author on Romans affirming the fact that a thorough study will help anyone experience a “confident faith.” That’s my goal this school year as I preach on this profound letter. I encourage you not to miss a Sunday. Listen to this quote from Luther:
“This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes.” I say, “Amen!” What do you say?