Campus ministry staff members walk in Martin Luther’s footsteps

Editor’s note: Robbie Nutter is director of Christian Challenge at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

By Robbie Nutter
My wife, Gail, and I, along with a team from our staff here at Kansas State University, were recently in Germany where I had the chance to teach at a conference for university students from 11 different countries.

We went a couple days early so we could visit Wittenburg, Germany, where the Protestant Reformation began on Oct. 31, 1517. It was surreal.

We flew into Berlin, checked in to our hostel and then took a three-hour walking tour in downtown Berlin. We saw the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the location of Hitler’s bunker, where he was married and where he died.

The next day we took a 40-minute train ride to Wittenburg and saw where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church. We saw where he pastored the first Protestant Church in the world. We actually had the chance to participate in a worship service in this church, and I was asked to read the Scripture!

I couldn’t get over the fact that I was walking in the footsteps of both Hitler and Luther within 24 hours—two men that have had a profound impact on world history in completely opposite directions.

But in Wittenburg I was overwhelmed with the thought of “faithfulness.” Wittenburg is a small town—not even a mile wide. For Luther to be assigned a parish there in the 1500s wouldn’t have been a very prestigious assignment. Yet he remained faithful to his calling, and God has used that faithfulness to change the world.

Recently I was reading in 1 Samuel (the saga of Samuel, Saul and David) in my morning quiet times. David was only a boy when God called him. For much of his life, he wandered in the wilderness. The men that followed him were outcasts with nowhere else to go. And yet David was faithful, and God brought hope, joy, and ultimately peace into the world through his life.

With whatever we have and wherever we are, may God find us faithful.