He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it.
2 Kings 18:4
This verse never had to happen.
At one time the snake had been a means of transformation. It brought healing to people and quite literally saved them from the consequences of their sins. What went wrong is, the people turned it into an idol of worship. The moment they did this, it stripped it of it’s power
In essence, this is what we get when we have traditionalism. It’s not just holding on to someones preferences. It’s taking things, even good things, and beginning to worship them instead of God.
Hymns vs. Choruses
Preaching Live vs. Video
One Campus vs. Multiple Campuses
Sunday School vs. Small Groups
It’s not that these thing are bad. It’s just that they aren’t the main thing. Therefore treating them as they are shows we really don’t have our focus in the right place to begin with. We must be careful that the thing we use as a tool of transformation today does not become an idol of worship tomorrow.
Just know. God has a way of smashing our idols.
Please know that I place high regard and value on the thing God uses at one season to change peoples lives and draw them close to Him. I just feel we should be careful to never allow them to steal God’s glory and become the only means by which God can move in the future. We must be careful that traditions never become a greater object of our affections than God and all the new ways he wants to work in and among us.
God’s glory always precedes our traditions.