I read an article this week concerning Christian liberty in matters that are morally indifferent biblically and the point was that the emphasis of Christian living cannot be on the physical peripherals of daily living in this fallen world, like a checklist of does and don’ts. The whole concept of God’s laws written upon our hearts is that we don’t really follow His laws, but with a new/reborn heart live life naturally aligned with God’s perfect Word, Will and Way. Laws and rules are established to make known and acquiesce God’s line not to be crossed due to our out-of-alignment sin nature from the fall. Pastor Kyle speaks to this Christian “Checklist mentality” as getting so busy doing God’s work that we stop listening to God. Law-abiding citizens never worry about the law; only law-breaking citizens.
The author states that Paul gives the correct understanding when he emphasizes that the kingdom is not about trivial matters, such as eating or drinking; rather, it is about “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit”. Life in the kingdom is about loving the things of God and loving those for whom Christ died. Serving Christ in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit is the recipe for Christian unity. When we keep the obligation to love God for whom He is and love one another out of thankfulness to God for our salvation, the trivial things that divide us will fade away and promote the peace and purity of the church, where Christ is the head.
In Christ, Brian