Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. (Luke 2:41–42, NLT)

There is something to be said for customary behavior. Good habits are good.

Jesus grew up in a family that kept the traditions. Jesus himself is the very definition of new wine, but he grew up drinking the old wine from old wineskins.

We do our families a favor when we at least respect the traditions of those who have gone before us. Church, for many of us, is not traditional in any aspect these days. We remind me of the Fosterites in Stranger in a Strange Land. Not good.

If you ignore tradition, you are missing a side of the quadrilateral. And you can’t sense when things are getting out of hand.