Read Matthew 15 today.

Matthew 15:1-9 NLT[1] Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him, [2] “Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat.”
[3] Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? [4] For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ [5] But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ [6] In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. [7] You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
[8] ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
[9] Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’”
This chapter includes another of the ongoing confrontations between Jesus and the religious leaders. Jesus challenged the notion that man-made traditions are of greater importance than God’s commandments.
We still struggle with this because we all (individually and collectively) have our traditions, our own preferred ways of doing things. These range from things like which way we install the roll of toilet paper to whether we drive on the left or right side of the road. Traditions can help us to live in lives and communities that are more orderly. However, our traditions can also be elevated to greater importance than they require. Sometimes the traditions we fight for the strongest are those for which the only argument is, “We’ve always done it this way.”
What traditions or ways of doing things do you have? Which ones are merely personal preference, and there really is no right or wrong? Which ones cause you to be angry when they are challenged?