At the conclusion of chapter 13 of Matthew’s Gospel, the chapter of parables, Jesus says, “the scribe who is learned in the Kingdom of God is like the householder who brings forth from his storehouse both the old and the new.” The one who is wise in the ways of God escapes the ideologies of both left and right–the idolatry of both the new and the old. Focused on God alone, he is able to see the value in both novelty and tradition.