by Bruce M. Burkett
One thing I have learned after inheriting a church building that is 35+ years old: Don’t change something until you get an idea of why it was there. Sometimes, when I investigate why something was put up, I find it to be a matter of tradition, preference, or short-cutting (and okay to remove, improve, or replace). Other times, I discover that there was a reason something was put together the way it was; and I have no business trying to change it without compromising the entire structure of our building.
In life and ministry it is no different.
Be careful about trying to tear down the spiritual legacy your forefathers have passed down to you. Certainly, there are some man-made traditions that can and should be removed, replaced, or improved. But, there is so much that our forefathers have passed on to us that cannot be changed or removed without compromising the entire structure on which we stand (God’s Word).
So again I say to you: Don’t try to change or remove something until you get an idea of why it was there.
“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)
By the way, many of the new ideas circulating in our ranks today have not been proven. Be careful about jumping on the bandwagon and abandoning the biblical philosophy and principles God has blessed throughout church history.