It’s the ages-old debate. Old versus New.
What’s better? Old stuff or new stuff? Well, if we’re talking about fine antiques, then the answer is, “Old stuff, of course.” But if we’re talking about a cell phone, well…
There is a tension in life between what is old and what is new – beliefs, viewpoints, ideas, interpretations, customs… Sometimes, we furrow our brow at how outdated or regressive an old idea or an ancient tradition seems, but other times we strive to preserve the old rather than be swept along into complete newness.
And while this tension shows up everywhere, from politics to international relations to pop culture, nowhere do we encounter it more directly than in religion. Often it seems like Christians walk a fine line between preserving tradition and striving towards progress. After all, there was a time (and not too long ago) when slavery was considered a biblical mandate. However, the progression of our culture forced us to return to Scripture and recognize that the old way was wrong. And yet, that isn’t always the case – sometimes, the old way remains sound despite what the culture is saying.
So what’s a Christian to do? How do we know when to preserve tradition and when to break it in order to benefit from progress? How do we know when God is calling us to recover the old, or when he is doing something altogether new?
On this episode of The DBC Podcast, I sat down with two all-star co-hosts, the man with the golden voice Jeff Reams (DBC’s Minister of Missions and host of the Mission Life Podcast), and Allen Taliaferro (DBC’s Discipleship Intern and Bible study teacher) to talk at length about the tension between old and new. We covered everything, and I mean everything (well, it seemed that way), from slavery to polygamy to wine to the Pharisees to Lottie Moon to the Republican Party to Jurassic World and Star Wars. I have to admit, this may very well be my favorite podcast episode yet!
One thing I know, if you listen to this episode, you will no doubt have opinions or questions to offer as well, so please keep the conversation going by posting those in the comments below. I will make sure to respond to them, and perhaps we’ll feature some on next week’s episode.
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