Traditions are the passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation. The Jewish character Tevye, in the movie Fiddler on the Roof, explains the role tradition plays in our lives. He says, “Life is tenuous, like a fiddler on the roof. How do we keep our balance? We keep our balance over the years with our traditions. How did these traditions get there? I don’t know. But because of our traditions, we know our position and what God wants us to do.” We all have traditions, and we give them great value. Like Tevye we believe our traditions tell us our position and what God wants us to do.
We all bring traditions into our Christian experience from our background. These traditions can have a powerful hold on us. A hold that we may never be able to break away from no matter how persuasive the arguments are for their abandonment might be. At times we can even find ourselves more devoted to some tradition than trusting God.
We need to recognize Jesus as the higher authority over our traditions, and it is only Jesus that saves us. Therefore, abandon yourself to Him, and measure your life only by His standards. If you are a Christian then show it. Be aware of any belief or tradition that is making you self-satisfied and abandon it, for anything that you promote, defend, or believe that is not of Jesus brings about death in either you, a family member, or a friend.