The apostle Paul talked a lot about Law or Liberty in his letters to the early church. One example is his letter to the Galatians. Some of the Galatians were making circumcision an external criteria for someone to be a true follower of Jesus. So Paul wrote to them, “Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” A little later he wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
It is fairly easy for us to look at that situation and say, “Yes, those silly Galatians, why were they making circumcision a test of how authentic someone’s faith was?”
But before we distance ourselves from that too easily…do we do the same thing in different ways today?