Every nation, tribe or tongue has its traditions. These traditions form their decisions, attitudes and ways of thinking and doing things. Some of these traditions are helpful while some are degrading and harmful to the people.
I know a tribe where it is hospitality for a man to entertain his male guests with his wife or wives, subjecting their wives to suppressed pain. This is horrible isn’t it?
I also know a tradition where when a man marries a wife he has invariably married all her family and their responsibilities. This is not a written tradition but it is a well known one.
Recently I heard about one where a bride-to-be had to cook for her to be father-in-law in order for him to judge if she was a good cook and whether she was qualified to marry his son.
I could go on and on but it might bore or scare you. There are so many marriages suffering today as a result of the traditions of men, traditions imposed on people by fore-fathers who maybe were inspired by a myth, a god, an insecurity, a situation or a reason just to satisfy there selfish purposes and feel important.
So many traditions are stifling intended joys out marriages, so many husbands and wives are bearing unnecessary burdens and pains because they must succumb to the laid down traditions that deny them marital bliss some of them are very certain it is ominous not to follow these traditions so they must follow traditions. These things happen mostly in The East and in Africa.
It surely does not have to be so, especially for followers of Christ. We are not subject to any tradition that goes against the word of God and harms us in anyway. By the blood of Jesus we can remove ourselves from these traditions and their consequences. When we were born into the covenant we were automatically removed from this bondage, but we must know it and enforce it otherwise we will be bound and hindered, we will not enjoy the bliss and joy that God from the beginning ordained for marriage.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8
Have you heard of, or experienced any tradition that affects marriage in a bad way? Please share in the comments.
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