A couple of weeks ago I heard a sermon that surrounded "tradition."
There is a tendency in "Modern Evangelicalism" to reject all things "tradition" because...well...tradition. (NOT saying that's what this sermon said, just making a starting place for this post.)
At the same time, I read a few posts about how practicing Lent might was well mean going back to Rome because...well...tradition.
What both positions mean is "legalism" - by making "tradition" into "Law" we miss the point of both.
Law holds us to a standard.
Tradition (at its best) gives us the platform by which to connect with 2,000 years of Christians who have gone before us. Tradition connects us.The "anti-Lent" folks needed to treat all practice of Lent into "law." That is a straw man that leaves no room for the right use of the practice.Lent, as a spiritual discipline that prepares us for "Holy Week" (including Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Resurrection Day) is a good thing.The "anti-Lent" folks also needed to make a poke at feast days, etc., tying them to the Law, therefore saying that to use a church calendar is crucifying Christ all over again. Again, a straw man.God have us seasons, and he gave us time. Life moves in cycles, and it's okay if we use those cycles as periods to mark spiritual time.I don't practice Lent every year. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I fast from something, sometimes I add something, other years I don't. Sometimes I simply use a Lenten devotional to refresh my spiritual memory of the last days of Christ. Some years I do that same devotional at other times of the year!Bottom line: I'm not going to jettison Lent because...tradition; I'm not going to practice Lent because...tradition.For clarity, this year I had every intention of going through a devotional, and it fell apart...after about 2 days. But, since it's not Law or tradition, I can pick it up anew!