Happy All Saints’ Day! The Augsburg Confession, one of the definitive Lutheran doctrinal statements, says this about saints: “The memory of saints may be set before us, that we may follow their faith and good works, according to our calling.”
Note the vocational emphasis. After the jump, see what else Phillip Melanchthon says on the subject. (HT: Mathew Block)
The term “saints,” in this sense, goes beyond those declared to be saints by the Roman Catholic Church. Ordinary Christians, in their faith, are saints, though they are sinners too. And some of these can serve as inspiring examples. I have known Christians in my life who exemplify that kind of sanctity and who have shown me what Christianity lived out looks like.
What “memory” do you have of saints you have known?