Thursday, December 2, 2010
I like this clip from the beginning of The Fiddler on the Roof...It paints a mindset of Tradition in a Jewish Community. They have traditions for everything and presume that the traditions are what keeps peace and stability in their village...yet they have know idea how or why the traditions were started.
Chuck Swindoll says it best. "Tradition is the living faith of those now dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of those now living." Be careful that you don't trade the former for the latter. One really does ground us in the faith that has been passed down from generation to generation. The other is idolatry.
If you're demanding that something take place because it is the tradition, you better ask whether its a sacred tradition or a sacred cow. How do you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself?