Why are traditions important?
Tradition in the Latin literally means "to deliver." Tradition, as defined by Noah Webster, means "...the delivery of opinions, doctrines, practices, rites and customs from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity." The Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:15 says "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
Dovetailing with tradition is heritage, meaning that which is claimed by right of inheritance. Children are a heritage from the Lord. [Psalm 127:3] God's Word is the believer's heritage. [Psalm 119:111] The people of God are His heritage. [1 Peter 5:3]
What is Christian Heritage Academy called to deliver, and to whom? In short, we are to deliver our heritage. More specifically, we are to deliver our American Christian heritage to the next generation. Traditions are the vehicle by which we deliver that heritage. Traditions create a sense of connectedness through the generations, reinforce core values, communicate the culture, serve as an means of creating lasting memories, and offer context and time for thought and reflection. The enduring traditions of Christian Heritage Academy, several of which are as old as the academy, serve to pass down to future generations that precious American Christian heritage we have the responsibility to both remember and restore.