Monday, August 31, 2009

Traditions

We have many traditions in this country—each of the ethnic groups that make up this wonderful country we call America bring a wealth of diversity that makes up the great quilt that we have stitched together. This is the very “fiber” (sorry!) that makes this country such a great land.

And I believe that the most important and sought after tradition within this land we call the United States of America is the protected right of equality.

As written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 in our Declaration of Independence are these words:

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal…”

Now we all agree that our founding fathers based our country's ideals, laws, and form of government on a Judeo-Christian world view.

But according to the traditions of 1776, who were created “equal”?

The answer is literate, well educated, white men.

Now—as we live in the beginning of the 21st century—how do we now interpret the words written in 1776?

Every human being on this earth is created equal in the eyes of God.

So our “traditions” have changed and not the words of the Declaration of Independence.

But we now have a more complete understanding of the intent of the wording used by Thomas Jefferson.

Now, let us shift to the Bible…

If Jesus set us free from the curse of the law—why do we insist with in the body of Christ to continue with “dead” traditions? Why are we not walking in the fullness of Galatians 3:28 which says:

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Jesus when speaking to the Pharisees and scribes had this to say:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: Justice and mercy and faithfulness but these are the things you should have done with out neglected the other. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:23-24)

Are we holding to the traditions or do we look to the nature of God which is:

“…Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

So in the body of Christ, are we going to continue what we think is “traditional” within the church, or will we bravely walk in the love of Christ?

Remember the last line of our Pledge of Allegiance states:

“…WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.”

And Jesus said “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine: and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32, 36)

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