Monday, October 4, 2010
Years have passed since then. Many things have changed in my thinking. I'm no adventist (for sure) but as I drove past that spot the other day I looked up at that billboard sign. Even though the adventist advertisement is long gone I remembered it as I looked on and I thought about religious traditions.
When it comes to questioning traditions we find it very easy to challenge other peoples traditions and consider them foolish, even heretical. We never stop to think about the similarities between what we believe and what "they" believe and how we can be the same yet divided. Sure there are lots of differences and that is why we find it so easy to point them out. We are supposed to be defenders of the truth, right? But maybe there is more to it than that. What if our defence of our traditions is an exercise in futility as we defend and cling to what have become meaningless and maybe even harmful practices. For instance, in the case of adventism, how easy is it to get distracted on the Saturday versus Sunday debate and completely lose sight of Jesus Christ. He is Lord of the Sabbath and is the embodiment of our rest. We find our rest in Him. In His finished work over sin, in His sovereignty in all things, in His authority and power and dominion. The day is supposed to point to the Man yet the traditions took His place.
As we ponder this, let us not get distracted with adventism but think of other traditions, even those debated among more orthodox Christian establishments. How many of our traditions have taken the place of Christ instead of remaining the pointers to Christ that they were meant to be?
Posted by Bobby Auner at 11:32 PM