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Morning Prayer, Friday, November 17, 2017 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: TRADITIONS

Father God, help me not to get caught up in traditions that cause me to mistreat others even if they are not in Your will.  Amen

Matthew 15:1-9; Matthew 15:26-28; Mark 2:13-17

"Traditions can be dangerous, especially if we apply them the wrong way." Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and for most Americans we have traditions that go along with it.  In fact, one could say traditions are big in America, and around the world. We seem stuck on traditions, some of which are not even good for us but they are there.  As I thought about this, it made me think of some of the traditions we get stuck on.  A young lady was sharing with me that in her culture you can be disowned for divorcing, having a child out of wedlock and even shacking up.  She was doing all she could not to let her parents know that she and her boyfriend lived together.  Why, because they would disown her.  I had to ask myself, "Where do you draw the line?"  Would you cut off a family member or friend completely just because they . . ."  The Pharisees didn't think Jesus should hang around with tax collectors and other sinners.  Another thing I asked is do we follow the crowd and what they believe?  Jesus did not seem to care about the opinions of men.  His concern was with souls.  Traditions are good but not to the point of us excluding certain people because they do not fit in with our way of life.  I mentioned this story some years ago. There was a young lady who attended this church one Sunday.  Because she was a prostitute she came to church dressed rather provocatively.  Some of the ladies was rather frosty toward her.  She said they looked at her with distaste and talked about her bad.  What she did say that will always stick with me is "Why didn't someone tell me?  I didn't know any better."  Those ladies were not concerned with her soul.  Tradition said you had to dress a certain way and so if you didn't, you were pretty much ostracized.  We have to get beyond that kind of mindset.  Why, because Jesus was beyond it.           

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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