In Romans 8.2 we read that the law of the Spirit of life has set us free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. We are no longer bound by meticulous religious rules covering everything from our dietary intake to our haircut (good news for some…).
This freedom is liberating, we are now bound only to live the life of the Spirit, in the Spirit, for Christ.
If we want to mix milk and meat in a meal, that’s fine.
If we want to cut our hair short on the sides and round off the corners of our beards, that’s fine.
If you want a tattoo, or to pierce your ears, fine too.
If the ladies don’t want to wear a head covering in church, that’s fine too.
If these things don’t contradict your faith in God and the life it inevitably produces, they’re fine.
We are no longer under the law as a heavy yoke, which invariably we would break. This leads to sin, which leads to death. Bad.
Now we are living under the Spirit of life. Good.
This means, in a strange sort of way, we are like an egg.
As we have said many times when working through 1 Corinthians recently ¹ we are free to associate with whoever we want, go wherever we want, eat and drink whatever we want, watch anything we want on the tellybox, be friends with anyone we want. Jesus was not concerned with His outer shell or its appearance, was He? He hung out with some pretty down and dirty people during His incarnational ministry (His time on earth living as fully God and fully man, incarnation literally means ‘in the flesh’).
Like a toddler at meal times, Jesus’ outer egg shell was covered with all sorts of things that people thought it should not be; don’t talk to her, don’t touch them, don’t stay at his house…
Jesus trashed His outer shell, ultimately breaking it for us, but never compromised His inner self.
Therein lies the lesson for us; we are free from the law as a heavy yoke and now have a wonderful liberty as Christians. But, as Jesus ultimately broke His body for our benefit, we need to use our liberty for love, for the benefit of others, not to simply have a good time.
So yes, we are free to eat, drink, watch whatever we want, but the bigger Christian principles still apply; who is being glorified through what you are doing? Things too, like Philippians 4.8,
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
So, yes, we can dirty up our outer shell, but we must never compromise our inner egg. And, if we are dirtying up our outer shell, let us make sure that it is for the benefit of others, using our liberty for love, not lusts.