October 31, 1517, 500 years ago, a monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the Wittenberg church door, protesting the sale of indulgences. Many see this bold protest as the first key move in what would come to be know as the Protestant Reformation.
On Tuesday night, students and staff gathered to remember what the Protestant Reformation is about and to make personal protests today. After watching a documentary tracing the roots of the reformation and the struggle to restore God’s Word to its proper place in Christian life, students had the chance to make a stand for themselves. Bible teacher Greg Edge bridged the gap between the 1500s and today with a short talk remind us of our need to stand against anything that come between us and our Savior. Many students filled out the cards he provided which allowed them to mark if they committed to each of the following: “I Protest! 1. I take my stand against anything and anyone who would try to keep me from reading my Bible. 2. I take my stand against anything and anyone who would try to keep me from knowing Jesus for myself. 3. I take my stand against anything and anyone who would try to keep me from trusting Jesus completely for my salvation. 4. I take my stand against anything or anyone who would try to keep my from sharing my love for Jesus.” Once the cards were completed, the students nailed them to pieces of plywood on the chapel stage.
Is the protest still alive today? As long as there is darkness in this world, we will need light. As long as there are lies, we will need to hold firm to the truth. As long as the world tells us to forget about Jesus and His Word, we must protest. Will you stand and join with us?