I haven't been blogging so much over the past few weeks as I have been extremely busy writing my new book, "The River is Here: My Journey Into New Covenant Grace." The book is based on several of my Blog articles and hopefully it will be ready to go real soon! But today I just felt that I had to share a rant on tradition. I do not feel that, at this time, I can go into too many details now, but yesterday I had another confrontation with tradition that left me pulling out more of my hair. Suffice it to say, I can't believe how some people choose their traditions over Jesus!
Listen, this is not a new thing. Jesus said in Matthew 15:6b, "And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition." Of course, keeping the context correct here, Jesus was speaking of the people of the day keeping their own tradition over the Law of Moses. Even though the Law no longer applies to you and I, at least most of us believe this, some evidently do not, I feel that human nature is the same, even 2000 years later. The people of today are just as bound by their traditions as they were 2000 years ago, maybe in some ways more!
I often stand amazed at how Protestant people will criticize Catholics over Catholic tradition. Yet if you would compare most Protestant churches to the Bible you will find very little similarity in the way they do church to the Bible. I often suggest that if Paul were to walk into one of our current church services he would think ...."What the hay?" I love it that some of the Charismatics and Pentecostals will criticize the Mainline churches over tradition, but if you tell me that the Charismatics and Pentecostals do not "do church" traditionally then I have a bridge to sell you!
OK, let's cut to the chase here! The bottom line of this Blog post is that our traditions can be our greatest enemy to a true New Covenant Grace filled life. Tradition seems to preclude us from ever doing something new, and creates in us an unchangeable mindset that prevents the Holy Spirit from ever leading us onto the path He would have us travel. Isn't this then the pinnacle of Religion?
You know, it takes a very hungry for God type of person to ask God to show him/her; how much Religion do I still have; am I bound by tradition in any way? I dare you to ask God these two questions and then be very careful to listen to the Holy Spirit because these are two important questions that God really wants to answer for you!
Again...I double dog dare you to ask God these questions! I don't care if you are a pastor, been a Christian since Hector was a pup, I dare you to ask God these questions and be honest when He replies!
Remember, tradition is a Grace killer!
Grace and Peace!