Acts 26:22, And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place.
When I was young, may family had several traditions. On thanksgiving, we would have a big turkey dinner with extended family. On Christmas Even we would always get to open one gift, and it usually ended up being pajamas. On Easter we dressed up to go to church, and when we could afford it we would go out to eat. I loved these kinds of traditions.
In Christianity there are also traditions. Different churches do different things regarding tradition. But the faith itself is traditional- Not because of church activity (I.e. what kind of music is sung on Sunday morning or how people dress) but because of beliefs. True faith is rooted in tradition. When Paul argued his defense before his accusers, he argued that what he proclaimed was nothing more than tradition of the faith. The testimony of Jesus Christ was rooted in the Prophets and Moses. It is not a new rabbit that Paul pulled out of a hat. It was historical tradition.
Today, if a church does not carry tradition in this way, it is not a church. Core doctrines are fundamental traditions of the church, worth dying for. The Apostle’s Creed is a sum of historical traditional truth that should be present in every church:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
This creed sums up in a nutshell what the Church should die for. Some churches fight over traditions about what songs are sung, what color carpet, clothing worn to church and more, but those are not hills worth dying on. I enjoyed our different traditions growing up. They were fun things we enjoyed together as a family. They defined us. In the same way the traditions of belief in the Church defined the Church.
How is your church traditional? In activities? In beliefs?