Beware of Human Tradition and Culture

Weekly Digest - Sun, 25 Mar, 2018

One other hindrance and potential obstruction to the practice of authentic Christian faith that leads to spiritual maturity is our human tradition and culture. Let it be noted clearly that not all human tradition and culture is necessarily bad because God, the Creator has planted in each one of us a conscience and the ability to know and distinguish between right and wrong and we have no excuse (Romans 1:18-20). Also, human culture and tradition is dynamic or at least should be and not static with changing times and circumstances.

 However, the Bible says that we all have a natural bent and predisposition to sin and evil for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). In Jesus' days, He had to reprove the Pharisees for rejecting the commandment of God, but cling to their own interpretation and understanding of their own. For instance, they accused Jesus' disciples of eating with unclean hands (Mark 7:1-9) and also of doing good works healing on the Sabbath which they considered a taboo! At large, the women were considered second class human beings to the male superiority even though God created all of us as equal, the practice which continues till today even in some Churches.

 Jesus came to break such ungodly traditions and culture that demean humanity. Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery without the man being brought along (John 4 and 8) are good examples of seeing a great worth in women and as equal before God like men.

 Today, many evangelicals tend to redefine the concept of sin as if some are okay and some not that okay. We tend to politicize sin, that which is spiritual as if it is merely secular. It is my prayer that we all know enough of the Scriptures with transformed heart that allows the Holy Spirit to rightly divide the word of truth that we need to live out daily in the name of Jesus Christ.                                     - Dr. Johnson Omoni.