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The Word This Week
In 1517, Martin Luther ignited the movement that became known as the Protestant Reformation. His aim was to reclaim the truth of the gospel of grace from errors that had crept into the church over the previous 15 centuries. Among those errors in his estimation, was a hierarchical view of priesthood in which certain leaders in the church controlled access to God's presence and grace. Luther replaced this with his doctrine of "the priesthood of the believer". Within a decade, German peasants applied this doctrine to the political realm and revolted against the nobles who controlled their economic and political lives. The resulting violence was devastating and unsuccessful at changing the prevailing feudal system. Luther himself was ambiguous as to whether the peasants or nobles were justified and this episode is not talked about much in discussions of the Reformation's impact. As we continue in Proverbs this week, we will see that in fact, it has much to say about how wisdom seeks justice in the interactions between the "rich" and the "poor". 500 years after the Peasants' Revolt, there is still a need to hear this wisdom and apply it well. I look forward to exploring it with you on Sunday. Pastor Marcus