Being raised in a Christian family, I grew up in church. Add being a Navy Brat, and that means I’ve seen and been a part of many, many churches. Which also means, I’ve seen lots of religious traditions. Traditions ranging from the same songs every Sunday, an altar call @ every service, to dinner on the grounds and tent revivals every summer.
No matter where you go to church there’s bound to be traditions; a certain way things are done. Most of the time there’s nothing wrong with traditions, as long as they don’t go against or change God’s word.
In Mark 7:1-8, we find Jesus’ disciples under the Pharisees and scribes microscope.
“Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.”
They found them eating….prior to washing their hands….
The Pharisees are known for their traditions, and this was to them a great problem. It broke their tradition…..man’s tradition.
Jesus answered them by quoting Isaiah; saying they spoke as they should, but that their hearts were far from God. They taught their ways, laying God’s commandments to the side.
When man’s ways and/or words become of more importance than God’s, then the traditions become a problem.
We must take heed that which we set into motion does not contradict God’s will or His word.