More than tradition
April 25, 2011
by Pastor Dave Herring, Dassel Church of Christ

There is quite a bit of tradition this time of year.

We’re coming off of “holy week,” when Christians around the world mourned the death and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In our community, there are several churches who participate in Lent, a time of sacrifice and prayer leading up to Easter. We also gather as a community to celebrate Good Friday, which was hosted by Dassel Church of Christ this year.

Churches sing the Easter hymns, such as “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” They talk about the death and resurrection. Some share in Scripture readings and “call-and-response” readings. There really are a lot of the same ol’ things happening every Easter . . . year . . . after . . . year.

There are many things that move me. I’ll never forget the way I felt seeing “The Phantom of the Opera” the first time. I was in college and went with a group of friends to see the film version when it came to our theater. I had always loved the music, and seeing it as a movie was awesome. The beauty, the performances, the emotion – it was all very moving.

I’ve probably seen it 20 more times since then. While I still love the music (and think the movie is great), it just doesn’t move me anymore. I think this is true for many things in life.

When you’re exposed to the same thing over and over again, it can easily have less and less impact on you.

Now, let’s bring this home to Easter Sunday. Yesterday, we gathered, and we shared in many of the same traditional events that we share every year. As you reflected on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, we must ask: did it move you?

There’s nothing wrong with tradition, or sharing in the same events year after year. But, there is something wrong when it no longer has an impact.

If you are no longer moved by the same thing you’ve done year after year, then by all means, make a change. Otherwise, it is worthless and meaningless for your faith. That’s a hard pill to swallow.

I hope the Gospel continually moves us. Not just during Easter, but every single day.