Religious Tradition and Comfort

“You have to find the religious tradition that fits best with you and stick with that.”

I’ve heard that sentiment a few times in the past week. When it is said to me usually I just nod. I have no idea what to say to that! I mean, I guess. It would be hard to argue against that for me since I’ve stuck in the religious tradition I’m comfortable in.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 and 3:6 both tell folks to stick with their good tradition. At the same time, the Bible warns about tradition more than it approves (Colossians 2:8; Galatians 1:14; Mark 7:9 and others).

The Biblical idea is this: if your tradition comes from God: stick with it! If your tradition is the invention of man and ends up contradicting God: dump it.

Problem is that we can get subjective and judgmental. For instance, one religious tradition that bothers me is youth segregated churches, the idea that youth should have their own group even bugs me at some level.

There’s plenty of tradition that supports it, but very few scriptures, if any. The elders are to be with the youngers and the youngers with the elders. Seems to me that groups of youth will remain idiots and lo and behold most youth groups are abundant in idiocy.

Now, if your tradition is offended by my observation you will ignore me, perhaps bash me, but more than likely continue going to your traditional youth group supporting church.

So, what’s the answer? I don’t know. Which is why I just nod when people say “I think a person has to find a place that they are comfortable with and go there.”

If your tradition makes you comfortable living in sin, go for it. If any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

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