Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 5, 2013

"Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors."  Proverbs 22:28
Traditions are very important. They are not to be worshipped but neither are they to be wrecked.
Traditions endure because they are based on truth. They serve as guard rails that guide and protect us along the path of freedom. 
Let me illustrate with a few examples:
Americans have been driving for a century but the rules of the road are essentially the same as they were when our love-affair with the automobile began.
We still right on the right side of the road. We still have speed limits and maintain a safe distance between you and the next vehicle. We can still make right turns on red after a complete stop.
Highways have changed a lot and cars are much different but the traditional rules still apply.
Or, imagine the Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles only to find their playing field is 20 yards longer and 10 yards wider.  They haven't respected the traditions of the game.
Instead of getting four downs the Eagles get five and the Redskins get three. They haven't respected the traditions of the game.
While the Redskins are allowed eleven players on offense and eleven on defense the Eagles put 13 on each side of the ball! They won't respect the traditions of the game.
How much fun would that be?
Playing under those conditions wouldn't be much fun nor would it be good to watch.
Respecting the traditions of the NFL make it the great game it is for the players and the fans!
America has grown great and strong by being true to the great traditions upon which she was founded. But it seems many of those God-ordained traditions are being ignored or disrespected by many in leadership. Some say they have a plan to fundamentally transform our traditions.
To them we say, "The game can only be played according to God-ordained traditions.  Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors."