Martin Luther’s 95 thesis against the Roman Catholic church was not just a great influence on the history of the Christian Church (and thus begin the biggest Protest movement in Christendom), but it also laid the groundwork of what would become the United States of America over two centuries later.
The concept of individual liberty were based on the ideal that you and I don’t need the help of a Catholic priest to connect with God and repent with the respected church’s help. Luther tried too hard to be God’s servant that he fell flat on his face. He was upset with God a few times over this (right or wrong Luther might have been). Eventually he understood a few things in the Bible that Rome was not teaching the serfs and then some. That lit the spark in Luther’s mind to write his 95 thesis.
Rome was afraid that this Luther character would drain their bank accounts (or whatever held their money back in the day) and thus they wanted his head really badly. Don’t tell me that they really cared about the people, because they really did not. They just wanted power over the kingdoms and their “cut.” Steve Deace just put a great Facebook Live video about this and the many other benefits of American Exceptionalism thanks to Luther and his protestant reformation (above).
Also, if it were not for Luther their would be no cause for those to come to what we know as America today. Those people who did come were mostly part of the second if not the third waves of Western Protestantism which were part the protestant movements of John Calvin and John Knox (the Reformed and Presbyterian churches respectfully).
Louis Armstrong would remind fans of rock and roll that if it were not for his genre of Jazz (which some have called American Classical America and was fused with Classical ala George Gershwin) we would not be able to “Rock Around the Clock” or go to “the Hop.” We would not get an Elvis Presley nor a Beatles, and we would be deprived of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, The Byrds just to name a few.
So before you go out trick or treating in your neighborhood or a place of business commerce, take some time to reflect on the Reformation which came before the Halloween craze did.