People want to hear the Good News but they dread the Good News. I don’t know why they dread it so much but they do. We are afraid of it. We are afraid of really being forgiven and being free. It’s very strange.
Robert F. Capon
What is it about freedom that really excites and scares us?
Could it be that since all we’ve known is fences and the possibility of open land is terrifying?
1 Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again.
Galatians 5:1, CEB
How terrifying is this? Christ set us free for freedom! Now, it’s up to us to be slaves no more.
Freedom remains by no longer submitting to the law. Paul goes on in Galatians 5 to talk about how our righteousness comes by Christ alone.
6 Being circumcised or not being circumcised doesn’t matter in Christ Jesus, but faith working through love does matter.
Galatians 5:6, CEB emphasis mine
Since we have free reign in and because of Christ does this mean we do whatever we want? Yes.
Should you? No.
We as followers of Jesus should manage our freedoms.
13 You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. 14 All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.Galatians 5:13-14, CEB
Just because you can drink wine doesn’t mean you should take the newest believer at church a bottle.
Just because you can smoke a cigar doesn’t mean you should have a small group centered around the enjoyment of smoking.
Note: I’m not condemning nor condoning either of these practices, that’s between you and Jesus. I’m just using them because they are the typical go-to issues.
Once for all, then, a short precept is given unto you: Love God, and do what you will: whether you hold your peace, through love hold your peace; whether you cry out, through love cry out; whether you correct, through love correct; whether you spare, through love do you spare: In all things, let the root of love be within, for of this root can nothing spring but what is good.
Love God and do what you want. But whatever you do let it be tempered with love for God and your neighbor.