Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. -Proverbs 22:28, KJV
I am fairly certain I fall under the Evangelical Christian label, so there may be some who will try to change that label based on what I have to say today.
Based on this verse, do not neglect tradition!
“Wait,” you may say, “you sound like a high-liturgy (i.e. Lutheran or Presbyterian) Christian or even Roman Catholic.”
Well, I reply, there is nothing inherently wrong with tradition. As a product of the Reformation, I do believe in Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone.
With this, what I mean is that traditions that do not contradict Scripture nor distract people from Christ are to be honored.
Besides, many creeds and theological truths were cemented in Church history. They have become ingrained in our traditions. They are snippets of truth that have been hashed out by our spiritual predecessors. To ignore and forget them …
… well, look at the state of the Church today. There is widespread theological confusion and ecclesiastical animosity.
Translation: we cannot agree about God and the Bible, and we distrust those we should call brothers and sisters in Christ.
Because we “remove the ancient landmarks” the Church fathers set.
This does not mean blind faith in old teachings. Study and think through why we believe these teachings. (i.e. The canon of Scripture, the Trinity, Heaven and Hell, etc.)
To ignore what has historically come before leads to what we see today and failing to live as one as Jesus and the Father are one (John 17:22-23).
Also, please enjoy more of the old hymns! They are often so rich in truth!