Saturday, March 14, 2009

Strange customs.......

In reflecting on how our Savior died, we were wondering something...would things be different if He had died in the electric chair? Would the title of a famous song, "The Old Rugged Cross" be quite so appealing if it were instead, "The Old Rugged Electric Chair"? How about jewelry, would one be tempted to wear a sterling silver electric chair round one's neck, instead of a cross? We had to revisit customs or "traditions" that we did surrounding our beliefs and thoroughly examine them against the Scriptures. We ended up throwing out a lot of traditions that suddenly made no sense to us. We had heard an old joke that sort of summed up how we came to keep these things in the first place, cuz we sure hadn't gotten them from the Scriptures.
The joke goes like this: Husband sees wife preparing a roast for dinner and observes her cutting off the end to discard it. Husband knows that meat costs money and asks wife why she has done this thing. Her response is "My mother always did it." Husband wants to know "why" her mother did it. Wife calls mother and asks. Mother indicates that her mother always did it, so she should call her grandmother to find out why. Wife calls grandmother and asks why she always cut off the end of the roast. Grandmother's reply: "Because it wouldn't fit in the pan I had!"....... In short, we have been handed down some "traditions" that have nothing to do with how we should be worshipping Yahweh, how He wants to be worshipped. There is a verse that says: Jeremiah 16:19 Yahweh, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, even vanity and things in which there is no profit.

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