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Tradition is still a good word to use, but I think we could go right into culture as well to see how we fail to walk with God in certain areas because even when there is a gap between the Biblical worldview and our tradition or culture, we go with tradition and culture over God’s Word.

It happens all the time.  Anyone who has studied any kind of Church history sees it through and through the Church today.  Never mind Church history, just look at North American Christianity and what it looks like today and try moving that to China, Mongolia, Middle East, or Japan.

It’s hard for me to share examples because there are many and not any one of them is going to change the world.  I am just realizing more and more each day how much our traditions get in the way of our relationships.  More importantly, I believe my traditions stop me from following God.

My best story that resembles this is Peter, on the roof top of Simon’s house and in prayer.  God reveals a vision of unclean meat and tell’s Peter to get up, kill and eat.  I know exactly what Peter is thinking – he has never eaten unclean meat in his life and there is no way that stuff is going into his mouth.  Yet, here is God, whom we think created the law of not eating unclean meat to begin with, telling Peter to get up and eat.

What if God asked us to do something like He asked Hosea – marry a prostitute?  What if He asked us to sacrifice our one and only son to Him – like Abraham?  Would our traditions or our culture get in the way?  I know I went pretty far there and these examples are much more than culture and tradition, but I think we need to take a look at how our mindsets have been predetermined and maybe they do not reflect the character of God. The test is ultimately in our actions. Are we honouring God with our lips and our hearts are far from Him? Most likely it is easier then to worship God by teaching what comes easily and are doctrines developed by people, just like us.

Walking with God is going to help break up some of those cultural and traditional things we have learned, especially if we have enjoyed being in fellowship with only one denomination most of our lives.  If we have found ourselves in a new land because of immigration, I think you will understand this concept better than us who have resided in one country for most of our lives.

The excitement of following God and growing and changing to be more like Him makes the day a great day!

 

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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