Monday, August 30, 2010

Truth or Tradition

Yes, I’m back!  And it feels good! 

I’m in Galatians at this point.  Paul had some strong words for the Galatian church, especially in regard to being led astray by tradition and those who pushed adherence to it. 

This morning as I read Gal 5:7-12, two primary questions came to my mind. 

1. I am a teacher.  I cannot get away from that fact.  That’s one of the reasons I blog – if I am not teaching a class, I have to share what’s in my head somehow!  As such, I have to be very, very careful about what I teach.  Am I as certain as Paul that I am teaching Scriptural truth only?  Or do I mix in tradition and personal opinion and pass it off as holding equal authority to the Gospel message?

2. Even as a teacher, however, I am also always a learner.  I can never stop learning without invalidating my ability to teach.  As such, am I certain that I am adopting and holding to Scripture only?  Or do I esteem teachings of tradition highly and allow them to have a tight reign on me?

Tradition is not bad, providing it is Scriptural.  But if I teach or hold to tradition above the Gospel message of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then I am a false teacher who is herself being led astray.  May I be as confident that I am teaching and learning truth as Paul was!