I realize most aren't going to believe me, since I've left the "attending church" thing. But I am.
I love creeds. I love incense. I hate the designated hitter rule. I think the "classics" are classic for a reason. I believe Bach objectively superior to any modern composer I've heard.
I think marriage should remain a coherent legal concept. I preferred the old "Hardee's" logo. I don't think emailed "thank-you notes" really count. I actively resent the interstate highway system for its contributions to the homogenization of America. I miss Vince Lombardi, and I think he was dead before I was born. I love Bugs Bunny cartoons -- but only the violent ones.
I don't like that First Things switched printers, and the ink doesn't smell the way it used to. To me, Stryper ceased existing when Oz Fox cut his hair. I like the smell of old, rural church buildings. I think Norman Rockwell is underrated, and I still miss "Calvin and Hobbes".
When I see uniformed soldiers in airports, I stop them to thank them. When we played "cops and robbers", I would never be the robber. I hate the new version of the game of "Life", where the plastic cars are now little SUV's. Plato knew more about human nature than Freud. Anything with "modern" as as a descriptor starts with two strikes. I believe a culture is on its last legs when it sees children in cost/benefit terms. I like pomp and circumstance.
Ricky Gervais is superior to Steve Carell. I don't carry a cell-phone. Our kids speak Latin. I'm relieved the NBA went back to the old ball. I have a new Taylor, but wind up playing the old Martin more. I don't think anyone has anything truly new to say. I made my boy play with Lincoln Logs. Lebron or Larry? Pshaw.
My wife teaches classical and medieval history. I think all country artists should sound like Randy Travis or George Strait, not Keith Urban. I'm an Anglophile. I resent, very much, factory farming, and admire, very much, true farmers. "Ms." Pac-Man was a hollow imitation. I love stained glass, and architecture that, itself, suggests beauty, goodness, and truth.
So, here's to tradition! Here's to the Christian traditions that have sometimes faded from view, or become eclipsed by lesser traditions, embraced by neophiles, who may value newer ideas, newer symbols, over what was valued most highly, by the truly Wise, so long ago.
Here's to ancient Christian tradition, and may we traditionalists embrace the ancient-future through these great and oldest traditions: Loving our enemies, exalting the humble, caring for the poorest and the most vulnerable, forgiving early and often, loving God with everything we have, loving others as ourselves, refusing to look at others in a condemning manner, refusing to confuse our public acts of righteousness with God's agenda for the world...so many traditions to embrace, so little time. May everyone recognize us by our adherence to these traditions.
Here's to traditionalists!