It’s so much easier when we have clear rules and regulations, isn’t it? And so much harder when all we have is love.
But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one. Galatians 23:25-28
I realize that Paul, who is the assumed author of this letter, was trying to get the church started. Still, I think it would have been better for our faith if the line we label “verse 27”, and others like it, had been left out.
Because even while the author is saying that the Message of the Christ does away with the Law that the Israelites had lived by for centuries, he is imposing a new rule. One that contradicts the radically inclusive teachings of the Way.
There are no qualifications to the inseverable agapé relationship we have with God. There are symbols, like baptism, that we use to emphasize that we recognize that relationship. But, with or without the symbol, the relationship exists.
For all of us are one.