Recently, J. D. Greear wrote about the danger of losing sight of God’s grace in our denominational traditions. Here’s an excerpt:
Religious traditions aren’t all bad. It’s important, even necessary, to respect our past. But religious traditions can go wrong. The biggest danger is this: our traditions are always at risk of losing the thread of the grace of God.
For Baptists, that tradition usually emphasizes standards of behavior. Christians are supposed to live a certain way, do certain things, and (this is important) avoid certain things. So read your Bible, tell people about Jesus, give money to the church. Don’t cuss, don’t watch R-rated movies, don’t drink beer. Follow the rules and you can feel pretty good about yourself.