For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition.
Mark 7:8-9 NLT
Traditions can be very dangerous.
I was on the way to a friend’s church last night to give my testimony. On the way, we stopped at a gas station so that I could get some water. I have a few practiced “openers” that I’ve used in the past to catch people of guard and to open up a conversation about Jesus. So I set my water bottle on the counter to pay for it, and I asked her, “Do y’all have any of that living water?” As is the usual response, she said she didn’t think so. To which I replied, “Have you ever heard of it? It’s good stuff.” The normal response of, “I don’t think so” came next. So I followed up with, “Jesus Christ gives us the living water. Do you know Jesus Christ?” To which I received a different response last night. Instead of the usual smile or nice response, I saw this lady at the counter visibly harden herself. So I said, “You know that Jesus loves you.” To which she now responded in disgust and borderline anger, “It’s not about that. I married into a Catholic family.” This all happened as I was paying, and I was shocked by this response just before leaving the store.