“You abandon God’s commands, and keep human tradition!” (7:8)
Jesus was talking to the Pharisees and “legal experts,” and he mentions a specific habit they had of depriving their own parents of charity on the pretense of giving this money to God instead, which let’s assume they actually gave. In the end they “invalidated” God’s command to honor parents by their religious show of piety (7:13)
Do we do this today?
By “we” I mean us, those reading this blog, not some uncle’s brother’s friend who attends some backward church.
By “this” I mean put so much stock in our religious customs that we actually end up ignoring or even transgressing the very desires of God that these customs are meant to help us serve. Of course, we have traditions, but Jesus is not attacking traditions here. It’s deeper than that.