The Way Things Are

Remember Tupac’s “Changes” where he sampled Bruce Hornsby? “That’s just the way it is. Some things will never change.” That may be the case, but do we really need to be resigned to such a mentality. If we’re honest with ourselves, the way things are . . . are not necessarily the way things should be. Often, things have become what they are because they started with good intentions. Somebody wanted to make life easier or structured. Time changes things, though, doesn’t it? Jaroslav Pelikan said, ““Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” Jesus said the same thing over and over again in Matthew, “You have heard that it was said . . . but I tell you . . .” Why? The motive for the “saying” was for benefit, but the practice of the tradition over time became detriment.