Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history. -- Will And Ariel Durant
This is so true. As a church we may often hear that we shouldn't do things only because it is tradition. This is true, but the other side of the coin is that we shouldn't STOP doing things only because it is tradition. Sometimes traditions were created after much trial and error and found to be the best way to do things. We have a rebellious nature and need to be very aware of why we want to stop honoring some traditions. Is it because it doesn't glorify God or is it because it doesn't glorify us?