We don’t always like how Christianity is portrayed – really, misrepresented – in the media: anti-science, judgmental, afraid of the world. Have we forgotten about grace? Martin Luther, in the 16th century, emphasized that God’s generosity in this world and mercy is so total as to seem scandalous. We’re set free from having to validate our own worth or moral rightness, so we can embrace life, reason and empathy. Well known Lutherans include the joyful J.S. Bach and the courageous Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Protestants who identify with the Lutheran confessions are now prominent in many places around the world, such as Tanzania and Indonesia. Lutheran efforts in addressing poverty and in disaster relief are important on a global scale.