"That's the way we have always done it!"
Two phrases everyone has heard. The first, from a parent when growing up and the second usually on the job or maybe even at church. Two phrases that I despise. To me, when I hear these statements or ones similar, I get furious, I get exasperated. I wonder how a person can be so thick headed, ignorant or lazy.
Now that I am a parent, I can understand why I heard those two phrases so much as a kid. "Why?" "Do I have to?" ""What about her?" "It's his turn!" "I did it the last time!" "BUT, why is that?" .......
I have dropped those two phrases on my 7 and 6 year old a couple of times outta my own frustration. I am not excusing my laziness, I am just admitting I have been that lazy.
Now on the job, I absolutely despise hearing that ignorance and laziness come out of the mouths of coworkers, bosses and management. I am appalled that another adult would think that sorta response to a legitimate question could be considered adequate. I am amazed at how stubborn people can be when a new idea is proposed. I am baffled by how much an individual's identity is wrapped up in their job and how they do it.
That is what disgusts me so much about religion. People stupidly follow the same set of rules, procedures for doing things because that is 'the way we have always done it'. 'Leadership' deems itself above questioning or the possibility of another way that Holy Spirit could be moving. People limit God because they are too comfortable, lazy, insecure or satisfied with their 'place' in the church.
Thankfully, I know that God is not above being questioned. He invites us to understand who He is and why He is God. It doesn't mean we will get the answers we want or when we want them, but more than likely we ain't gonna ask Dad a question He ain't heard before. I have also learned that God does not respond to my demanding tantrums, similar to how I ignore my kids' tantrums.
This entry is kinda a rant and I suppose you can tell what the environment is at my work, huh? Maybe it also reveals why my Sunday a.m. attendance ain't too consistent. I am hoping that my conclusion will show how God is so unlike us when it comes to asking people to do things His way. I hope that the three verses below reveal how God desires that we understand why we do the things He asks.