This year Concordia St. Paul’s fall play was John Osborne’s Luther, produced in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The play is not a historical retelling of the events of the reformation, rather it is a historical fiction story about Martin Luther’s father-son relationships. Martin Luther’s relationship with his biological father is portrayed as being one of disappointment. In the play, Luther went through life thinking he was a disappointment to his father and gave up trying to please his father. Luther’s father wanted Martin to be successful in life and not have to settle for mediocracy, because his father knew he was capable of so much. Luther found a more loving father figures in Weinand and Staupitz, his mentors. Weinand and Staupitz had faith in Luther throughout the play and were on his at the Diet of Worms. Luther found courage in Weinand and Staupitz. Luther’s relationship with God was full of doubt and fear, Luther was full of doubt that he did not have Gods favor. Luther’s father-son relationships are all interconnected, he needed all of those relationships in order to achieve all that he did. If it were not for all the people in Luther’s life the reformation would not have happened when it did and the Catholic church would have continued to be corrupt. The event of 500 years ago affect the events of present day, the past, present, and future are all interconnected. The events of the past affect the events of the present, which then affect the events of the future. So the Luther’s actions 500 years ago still affect the actions of present day. All because of the people who were in his life and the affects they had on him.
Seeing this play was an interesting experience for me. For, I am a Lutheran, was baptized and confirmed Lutheran. So seeing the founder of the doctrine I follow portrayed by the play in such a manner that made him appear to be a crazy man was slighting insulting to me. Because Martin Luther is a man I respect and the play did not portray him as respectable man at first. But in all actuality Luther was a slightly ‘mad-man’, for he was very passionate in everything his did, and to most people passion is seen as insanity. But it was Luther’s passion that made him so stubborn to not give up on trying to reform the Catholic church. Ironic isn’t it? That Lutheranism was founded because of change and Lutherans are known to hate change.