Ah, freedom! Everyone wants to be free! The question is: freedom to do what? For youth, it can be freed from the rules of their parents, being able to earn money, or being able to drink legally.
We all have different ideas of freedom, but many think of space as not under anyone’s control or freedom from the law. Well, Paul is telling the Galatians that release from the “Law” is not being able to do whatever you want but the ability to choose love. The Christian is free from adherence to the Law of Moses because the command to love one another, as stated in Leviticus and followed by Jesus’ command, which we discussed the other day, sums up all the commandments. If we love, we don’t lie, don’t steal or kill or do any of the other things we know in our hearts are wrong. Paul is also warning the Galatians not to attack one another. There were disputes among the new Christians as to who was right when those who were Jewish converts wanted more adherence to Jewish laws than the Gentile Christians did, even though the apostles had agreed that they were not obligated to do so. This is still good advice for us today. Christianity is weakened when Christians fight over who is right. There’s a story of 4 blind men encountering an elephant for the first time. One man touches the leg and claims an elephant is like a big rough log. Another at the tail says it is thin and bushy and moves around a lot. The third at the trunk disagrees with both and says an elephant is like a long hose. The fourth is touching the tusks and claiming that they are all wrong and an elephant is hard like stone. All four are correct, and all four are incorrect. The truth is only found by listening to them all and putting them together. May we always be open to God’s truth, or Christians may consume one another.
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