Now and then I have a desire to quote this line completely out of context. Recently at Frequency we've been discussing Paul's Epistle to the Romans. In it, he deals with the purpose of the Old Testament Law. The discussion has led to topics of legalism and freedom.
Bible study is a great time for such issues to come up. Usually, discussions about legalism look a lot more like a shootout at the O.K. Coral. They start with a debated issue such as alcohol, tattoos, or musical preference. Usually, Old Testament Law is cited. For example, I had a conversation about tattoos one time, and someone cited Leviticus 19:28. I asked him if he also thought we should obey verse 27 and grow our hair out at the temples into long curly cues or obey verse 19 that commands us not to wear clothes with mixed fabrics. The reality is that none of us obey the Law. In fact, no one has ever obeyed the Law in full. The law existed to show that we can't be good enough on our own. According to Paul, no one could ever be saved by the Law. Instead, the Law existed so that we would all shut up and recognize our need for God (Romans3:19-20).
When Paul refers to the law in Romans 6:14, he says that we are not under it but under grace. When the topic came up at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), the apostles decided that we don't need to obey the Law. Instead, we are to surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord (Romans 6:15-23). That's good news! Our salvation is not dependent on works of the Law but on the grace of God (Ephesians 2:7-9)!
So, why do we still try to obey the Law? Sometimes I wonder if we still have something in us that wants to do it on our own, that wants to "earn it." We all find different ways to do it. Sometimes it's obedience to the Old Testament Law. Sometimes, it is adherence to our self-engineered structures of legalism.
The sad thing is that we are living in bondage. The offensive thing is that we are trying to tell God we can do it on our own.
"I'm your huckleberry. That's just my game."
Disclaimer: This does not mean Christianity is without morality or order. It does mean that becoming like Christ is our focus, not legalism.