don’t be traditional!

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’ (Matthew 9:14-17, NRSV)

I will admit this passage has always been a little strange to me.

You see I don’t make wine so I do not know the particulars of wine and how it ferments.

I do sew but have never sewn a new piece of fabric onto an old garment. However the new cloth would have to give more and wouldn’t so the garment could be worse off than if it had a hole…

But what is Jesus telling us here. This morning as I prayed and read this text, I was hit with the notion:

We can not put what God is doing into the traditional understanding we carry forward.

Now before you get worried I want to throw the baby out with the bath water let’s look at this…

You have to understand what I mean by tradition and traditional.

One of these words is a good word and the other is a word that you shouldn’t say in polite company!

Tradition is the basis of our faith. Our understanding of who we are and where came from. Be base things in our tradition and they keep us grounded to God and our relationship with Him.

Traditional is doing things the way we have always done them, because that is how it is done.

Do you see the difference?

If you are traditional you will not try something new because what we have always done has always worked before and there is no need to do something new!

But isn’t God always trying something new to reach the ones He loves, while maintaining what is important in the relationship with His church?

Do not get stuck in a box and try to make God fit where He always has, because that just isn’t going to work!

Allow God to do what He will to keep the relationship with you alive, and to reach the lost…

Published by asacredrebel

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