My wife and I just had a conversation at breakfast about how to reach out to neighbors who have a heart to seek God earnestly but are very attached to a denomination that teaches "Tradition plus Bible" as the foundation. We also have a Bible study in our home on many Sunday nights and the several people in the group come from a background of denominations that are the same way. We hear them working through their struggles with their former denominations - sometimes they are critical of them and happy to be out; other times they feel a fond remembrance of mothers, family, and memories. It's a love - greif relationship. We were discussing that these friends and neighbors feel an attachment to the ancestry part of their denomination. When they turn their back on that denomination and seek grace through faith in Christs death on the cross alone, they are painfully turning their back on their ancestors traditions. Some of their ancestors turned their back hundreds of years ago when Martin Luther led a reformation. Others' ancestry goes back many centuries in the Roman Catholic religious Traditions. But it seems deeper than just Tradition. It is as deep as their ancestry, which is in their DNA. If your ancestry was Irish, just for example, and you said being Irish is no longer so important. It's just a historical fact. Irish is not most important in Christ's eyes. My soul wants to follow and be devoted to Christ as the most important part of my heart. Think of the measure of grief you would have to let go of some part of your emotional connection or pride in your ancestry, your loved ones in your past. Maybe this pride is unjustified, or sinful, but it is still there. This seems to be similar to the challenge we have to reach out and reconcile people to God's pure and undefiled, unpoluted truth of the deep deep love God has for them. We are trying to untangle ancestry from God's pure love. There is a greiving process for people to go through. Somehow they need to see God's beauteous love as more warm, more inviting, more attractive, more lovely, than all of their loving memories of their ancestors that have gone before them and laid a train track for them to follow on. How can we help with this process? How can we show Christ's pure love in a way that makes it possible for them to leave behind the past. What we've seen in our home Bible study is that it does not always happen easily or quickly for some people. They slowly disengage and re-engage in a new path. How can we help them engage to see the riches of God's grace? Please share ideas on this topic so we can have a heart that yearns even more to help these people who are so much loved by God. Matthew 19:29 (New American Standard Bible) 29 "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.