“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
Growing up I tried to make sure all my friends would join me in Heaven one day. I was adamant that all my friends would hear about Jesus and he was the only way to Heaven. I knew not all of my friends would become Christians and it breaks my heart because I see many still do not follow Jesus. One of the hardest questions I faced while witnessing or evangelizing my friends were, “If you say I will be free then why are there all these rules?” – A very tough question to answer at age 14. They were right, how can we say someone is free when they become saved if right after they are saved they are held accountable to a new set of rules that included the way you dressed, what you watched, how you cut your hair, etc.
A few days ago I wrote about the Law and how I have seen God’s love even in the law. Recently while sharing Jesus with an atheist I confronted him and asked him what law prevented him from wanting to believe in God. He admitted he did not like all of the rules and that is why he was an atheist. He felt God was just a rule giver. I told him I disagreed because when God gave rules he was protecting us. I told this young man if we followed God’s guidelines then we would not have to worry about all troubles that come with sin. He agreed when I gave him specific rules which protect us. God does love us even through the law. We need to preach and teach this so people can see all of God. Let us not teach legalism when love should be taught. Legalism is removing God’s love and grace from the law.