Tradition and Values

mission vision and values Published on November 21, 2022

We often hear the phrase “traditional values”. But what does that mean?

Traditional values are values that have been passed down from generation to generation. They are long lasting, form the strongest relationships, and provide the foundation for a thriving legacy. These are the values that are lived out daily and will last long after you are gone.

In the Bible, one of the best examples of traditionally passing on values comes in the form of the greatest commandment.

Jesus was being tested by a lawyer, who asked how he might inherit eternal life. Jesus responded with a question. “What is written in the Law?”

The lawyer answered: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Each of the 10 Commandments can encompass one of those two values—to love God and to love your neighbor. And those two values were taught in the household by the parents for over 400 years as a tradition from generation to generation. Those values were tied to every holiday, every celebration, and every ritual that was performed. Every child knew of these values and their impact.

So why did the lawyer ask Jesus a question that he already knew the answer to? Because he sought to justify his own actions. He sought a loophole to shed his responsibility for others, for his values.

But Jesus doesn’t let him abandon his values. He simply tells the story of the good Samaritan, the man who lived out his values to help someone in need despite significant differences. Jesus then directed the lawyer to do the same. To live out those traditional values to love his neighbor.

As generations progress, traditions and values may become more divergent from modern culture. Often, we may feel like the lawyer, trying to find a loophole in our family’s values to avoid the censure of the world. However, this is when passing on our values matters the most.

When set against the temptations of the world, our values act as a guide for our family’s vision and mission. While teaching your family values may seem daunting in the face of a fallen world, choosing to impart these to your children allows for them to have the tools to carry out and be part of your family mission. And when they live out their values, they make the world a better place.


“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”



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