Clinging to Tradition

September 6, 2018

 

I am big on tradition. I like the idea of remembering things that our ancestors did in the past. However, sometimes we have to learn to let go of certain traditions and that it isn't a bad thing. In Biblical times, the Sadducees and the Pharisees were so wrapped up in honoring traditions that they lost sight of what exactly God's message was. They were so against change that they couldn't even see that the Messiah that they had been waiting for was right before their eyes.

 

We sometimes do this in church to this day. We have to be careful that we aren't getting so wrapped up in how things have traditionally been in the past that we grow stagnant. I'm not talking about throwing away the commandments of Jesus, but when we argue about petty things.

 

When we don't want to change small things because it's the way that it's been for years. We can't allow ourselves to become more concerned with how things have always been that we lose sight of the most important message of the Bible and that is Jesus' message of LOVE. Love God above all else and love your neighbors. What hours a service is, what music is played, what the structure of Sunday School classes look like, all of those things will come and go and change gradually over the years and that's okay. We must learn not to strain over a gnat while we're swallowing a camel.

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