He begins the post by talking about the traditional teachings of a certain denomination. But, he shifts the focus to help us think about our own traditions. He says:
When it comes to questioning traditions we find it very easy to challenge other peoples traditions and consider them foolish, even heretical. We never stop to think about the similarities between what we believe and what “they” believe and how we can be the same yet divided. Sure there are lots of differences and that is why we find it so easy to point them out. We are supposed to be defenders of the truth, right? But maybe there is more to it than that. What if our defence of our traditions is an exercise in futility as we defend and cling to what have become meaningless and maybe even harmful practices.
Think about another denomination or two. Can you easily point out meaningless and possibly harmful traditions in those denominations? Certainly. We all can.
But, did you know that “those” people can point out meaningless and possibly harmful traditions in your own practices and beliefs? Did you know that “those” people cling to their traditions for the same reason that you cling to yours?
Perhaps it would help if we listen to one another… learn from one another… and seek to focus on what unites us – Jesus Christ.