Martin Luther was given keen insight into salvation as a free gift of God. Other items became clear and freedom was offered to many that had been bound in tradition. He was not fully released from some traditions. His hardness resulted in loneliness.
When he had opportunity to include others, he refused. He entrenched on issues that were not critical but represented the very tradition he sought to break away. Zwingli came to him with an open heart and open arms and allowance for disparate beliefs that were not critical to Christ living. Two hard pieces of old tradition clung to Luther and kept him from enjoying the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Don’t make Luther ‘s mistake and walk alone.
This attitude became a continuing mark of those that later called themselves Lutheran. His hard stance was fathered into generations that some still stay separated from other Christians.
Are there pieces of my theology that exclude other Christians?
Can I find a way of peace that includes those that hold positions that are reprehensible to me?
Am I able to speak what I believe without pushing down what others believe?
Action: Make time to meet with a leader of an area similar to your leadership area. Listen. Don’t refute or critique. Listen and learn. Find a place of agreement.