Are you “old school” or “new school”?
Do you consider yourself “old fashion” or “modern”? Is it possible to be both? When I look at the scriptures and look at Jesus I see him as both. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”(Matt 5:17, ESV)
As Christians we think the Old Testament is “old fashion” and does not apply to us in this “modern” world, but it does because it is the foundation of where we are today. The Old Testament is filled with laws and rules which laid the foundation for grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. As I read through the Bible, I love to study Jesus because He married the Old Testament and the New Testament together so beautifully. He did not discard the old ways for new ways instead He used them as a foundation for modern times.
“Jesus does this when He teaches us about love”
“And he (Jesus) said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40, ESV)
In this scripture, Jesus wrapped all of the Law and the teachings of the Prophets into two commandments. This is amazing! Jesus based this from the Old Testament from a scripture in Leviticus, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”(Leviticus 19:18, ESV)
In today’s society, it seems like “new” is better but the Bible teaches us; that is not always the case. In fact the new and the old are not in competition. They are partners; the old and the new work together. Do not discredit someone or their ideas because it is old school or old fashion but use that as a foundation to see if the new school or modern idea can stand.