May 23, 2018
2 Thessalonians 2:15…So then brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word, or by our letter.
Last night, I had a conversation about traditions. No matter how old they are, if they were established by God, they are good. The modern tendency to throw out all traditions is just wrong. Some are founded on human principles and need to go, but not all. Find the basis for a tradition in the Bible. If it is established there, it is probably good and should be honored. Otherwise, where did it come from?
When Jesus was on earth, He dealt often with the wrong perspectives of the Pharisees. They were considered to be the keepers of the Law and the teachers of the same. The problem is, they had added laws of their own liking so they taught their laws along with God’s and the people didn’t know the difference. In that way, they nullified the Law of God. All that to say… if you have traditions, know that they are established by the word of God, otherwise, you might have a tradition that was created by man and is of no value. When a tradition is established by God, it never gets old fashioned. Or, perhaps it just never gets old but maybe is old fashioned. As Paul said, “Hold fast to those traditions.” As a Christian, we are led in real time by the Spirit of God; we are also led by the traditions of the ancients, when those are set by God.
One tradition that was set by God is to not get drunk. Men added to that one, their own interpretation which says, “Never have a drink of alcohol.” If you are a person who can’t stop with just one drink, man’s law works. But, if you are one of the many who enjoys one drink… obey, at least, God’s law. Let that be your tradition; “I will not get drunk.” Man’s traditions can lead you away from God. He knows more than we think. We can trust Him with all of our heart. And… that is how we should trust Him. Did you know, there is no verse in the Bible that encourages us to love God half heartedly? We tend to think in ratios… half is better than none. That is not how it works with God. It is all or nothing. He is perfect. We have no comparison. He, only, knows what is best. We know what is better; or at least, we think we do. And we are good with that… Sad!