Martin Luther was fond of a seriously harsh insult every now and again. I would like to imagine I would be Luther’s buddy, but the reality is that my ongoing effort to be as winsome as possible would have enraged a man who was impatient with one of the great idols of our age: balance. In the course of his polemical career, Luther faced up to one of the great heresy hunters of the 16th Century Catholic church, Jacobus Latomus. Latomus was a vicious opponent, but courteous in all his engagements. Hence, Luther had this to say:
You moderate enforcer and eulogizer of moderation. You are one of those bloody and deceitful people who affect modesty in words and appearance, but who meanwhile breathe out threats and blood.
It’s a great bit of Luther writing, but it struck close to the bone. I seek to cultivate gentleness but all too often, I find myself doing nothing but affecting modesty.
Your Correspondent, He pretty much just does whatever Oprah tells him to