This time of year is a time when many of us celebrate various traditions, giving and receiving gifts, cutting down a tree and bringing it inside our house, kissing someone because they stand under a plant that was hung on a doorway. Why do we do these things? Why do we give gifts to each other when it is Jesus birthday? Why do we cut down trees (or buy fake ones) and bring them inside our house? Why do we kiss people because they are standing under a plant? I am not against these things, I just want to ask why?
I think many of the things we do in life are done simply because that is what we do. It is what we have always done, maybe it is what our parents did or their parents did. There is a danger in that. The danger is that we live according to tradition (like the religious people in Mark 7:1-13). The danger is that we allow tradition to trump the truth. I am not saying you should not have a Christmas tree, or lay a kiss on the one you love, but why do you do the things you do? Why do you work the job you work? Why do you believe the things you believe? Is that just what you do? The religious people in Mark 7 were living according to a tradition that was originally set up to protect the truth, and eventually trumped the truth. I am really asking if you have allowed tradition (those things you just do) to trump the truth?