Martin Luther’s Radical Grace

My fellow affluent first-world believers: Do we really want to return to Martin’s Luther idea of “radical grace?”  If so, know this:  Luther’s primary stress was not on our current fascination with “receiving” from God, but rather on— “letting” God!  Letting God’s grace flow down to you and sending you down to that which we think is “ugly,” that it may become beautiful.

Hence, Luther called people to exchange their “theologies of glory,” for the true “theology of the cross.”  For “theologies of glory” only look for God in what we immediately think or recognise as “glorious.”  Yet Luther preached that true Christian theology is always a “theology of the cross,” meaning— looking and seeking out God’s presence in the weak, mundane, ordinary, lowly, and the ugly so that the grace of God flowing down through us, can transforms such lowly things into beautiful epiphanies of God’s glory!

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