Many people study Scripture as it speaks of the church and come to the conclusion that there is an enormous disconnect, not simply based on changes in culture and technology but fundamental differences between the church in Scripture and the traditions of man that seem to have replaced the simple teaching of Scripture. The question many of us ask has to do with the genesis of these traditions. Where do they come from and why do they have such a hold on the church?
Guy Muse gives us a glimpse at one of these traditions in his post today How traditions often trump Jesus' teachings. Virtually every religious group has traditions and in those religious groups that are at least nominally Christian this is true. Some may wonder why we care, aren't religious traditions harmless? By and large I would say no, mainly because most of these traditions in some way impede the functioning of the Body of Christ. I liked Guy's post today and what it teaches us about the formation of the hierarchical church model that has dominated western religious culture for more than 1000 years.
Some think we shouldn't rock the boat, that we should just accept the traditions the church has built up over the centuries. I don't think that is an option. The church as Jesus founded it and as the apostles led it in the earliest days is recorded in Scripture for a reason and it is always valuable to look to the written revelation of God when it comes to the Bride of His Son. Check out Guy's post and leave a comment!