‘Because it’s always been done that way, that’s why’
A STORY is told of a young lady who bought a lamb roast for Christmas. The first thing she did when she got it home was cut the end off of it. Her daughter was watching what she was doing and curiously asked, “Why do you cut the end off of the lamb, Mummy?”
The mother thought for a moment and replied, “Well, my mother did it and my grandmother did the same thing.”
The next time that the young girl visited her great grandmother, she asked her why she cut the end off of the lamb roast before she put it in the oven.
“Well, Sweety,” the grandmother explained, “my oven is only small and a full roast wouldn’t fit in properly. So, I would cut the end off so that it would fit in.”
Isn’t it funny how sometimes we pick up habits and traditions along the way without really questioning why we do them.
They can influence our actions and beliefs. Sometimes we even believe them to be true and right. When others question our motivation, we may struggle to produce an appropriate answer. We may even be offended that someone would question us.
It’s important for us to frequently examine ourselves and ensure that our actions and beliefs match what the Bible teaches us.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us, “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” If we do not test our beliefs against the Bible, we may be perpetuating human traditions and beliefs rather than God-ordained doctrine, cultural shifts rather than Biblical morality.
We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us that we will be led into all truth.