From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles
Today, none of the bishops dare to address the pope as brother as once was done. They must call him “most gracious lord,” even if they are kings or emperors. We will not, cannot, must not take this upon our consciences. Let those, however, who would do this, do so without us.
Pulling It Together
This is not a matter of being unwilling to grovel. Rather, we should not address brothers and sisters in the Lord as though they were anyone but family. Moreover, it is the Lord who is our master and ruler, not someone chosen by vote. We stand before God, not by virtue of a religious office but, because of God’s might and his great name. Only in God’s name, his reputation—not a human’s—is our salvation and hope and peace.
Prayer: Help me, O Lord, to be true to your Word and give you alone my obeisance. Amen.
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