Monday, March 10, 2014

People First, Traditions Second

"The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27, NLT)

Jesus puts people first, regulations second. Human needs come first, traditions second. The Kingdom of God comes first – and everything else second. In practical terms, that means we must sometimes violate “sacred” traditions (or in student ministry terms “senior” traditions) and tear down barriers. Sometimes that takes great courage and wisdom.

We who would follow Jesus don’t break traditions simply to break them. Customs can bring great benefits. Usually they come into being for good reasons. Yet when custom interferes with human need, we do well to consider breaking the rules. “The Sabbath was made for man.

In reality, we are faced with so many traditions. We need to know when and how to apply it. Always remember this: Jesus always emphasis on loving God with all our hearts and tied this to loving our neighbors as ourselves. When I read this, I can’t separate it in my mind into two commandments but in practical – both are the same commandment. How better can we show our love to God and serving people than by the way we treat them? Sometimes, because of Christ’s love in us, we need to break human customs to meet human needs.

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