Therefore, brothers, stand firm and cling to the traditions we taught you, whether by speech or by letter. – 2 Thessalonians 2:15
What are the things you consider tradition? Is it family get-togethers at the holidays? Is it how you view anything old and established? Is it a word you use for something negative, or something positive?
Very few things contain as much tradition as how we worship. There are established ways of doing things, and we sometimes believe certain things because we have heard them over and over. We follow these practices every time we step into church, or even in our own daily lives. But is this the “tradition” that was being written about?
Paul wanted the believers to stand fast in what they already knew—the words of Jesus, and the truth of His death and resurrection. Paul wasn’t referring to their habitual ways of doing things. Rather, he said that traditions were the things they had been taught. They were to cling to those things, not hold onto something because “that’s the way we always have done it.”
There are lots of wonderful and different ways in which we worship. It is good to get into patterns of praise and service. But what we believe should be grounded in what God has taught us, not in the particular ways we do things, the order of our service, or just because something has been repeated numerous times. Our true tradition—is God’s Word.