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When Worship is a Waste of Time

"...they teach man-made ideas as commands from God" (Mark 7:7, NLT).
Religious organizations like to establish traditions. The followers of a certain way like to define themselves by their unique customs and practices. "We engage in this rite, we choose our leaders "this way," we don't allow "those" kinds of people to be selected, elected, or appointed to blah, blah, blah."
And though there may have been a reasonable rationale the first time someone did it "back in the day," at some point religious people should be careful that they don't elevate their traditions, perspectives or opinions to the level of "commands from God."
In Mark 7 some Pharisees came to see Jesus, but when they got to Him all they could see is that His disciples didn't behave the way Pharisees thought disciples should have behaved. And their judgment was not based on God's commands; rather, on their own traditions.
What a shame to miss what Je…

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