Hey everyone, I’m still around! I know I haven’t posted for a while, but rest assured I have still been thinking about theological matters. I had the opportunity to go on leave recently, and so I was home with my family for a while (and posting on internet message boards was low on my priority list during that time ).
So, while I was home on leave, I had a few discussions with my mom about my interest in Catholicism. She wasn’t overly excited about it, though she was relieved I hadn’t fully accepted it yet. You must understand, I come from a long line of Protestants. My dad was a minister, my mom’s dad was a minister, and my mom’s grandfather was a minister. If it weren’t for a sudden flash of curiosity about Catholicism, I probably would have been a good Protestant for the remainder of my days.
Anyway, while I was home, I watched the movie Luther. I think perhaps my family wanted me to watch it to remind me of the necessity of the Reformation, though I admit I had always wanted to see it on my own. Now, I know the movie is basically a Protestant propaganda piece (funding provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans…Hmhhh… :hmmm: ), but it was still very informative. I guess I was struck by the severe amount of corruption in Rome at that time, corruption that Luther justly fought against. The church authorities had a wonderful opportunity to fight together with Luther against the corruption, but instead it appears that they sided against him.
All of this posed a question. If an authority (such as the Catholic Church) condones sin (even by turning a blind eye to it) and then refuses to condemn the sin when some within it (such as Luther) point out the sin, can the authority still be said to be a valid authority? In matters of government, the U.S. Declaration of Independence says that when government becomes destructive of the ends it must fulfill, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. Could this (admittedly manmade) principle apply to a corrupt church?
Anyway, these are just some things I have been thinking about. I realize that the movie didn’t show the whole picture, and it really only portrayed Luther’s good side. Still, it made me think. Well, I look forward to your responses! God Bless!