But what's funny about that is that while I am against false and artificial legalism, I’m deeply committed to what I believe is fundamental and important. one of my teachers, Leonard Sweet, says that he is a fundamentalist about content and a total libertarian about containers. For him, the content is the Gospel of what God does in us and what God did in Jesus; the containers are all the things human beings have built to hold/deliver/share/display the content. We human beings, Sweet says, are often way too concerned with making sure our containers are the best, the brightest, the rightest, the most righteous and important and godly. The point is to know what the true content is.
And that’s what Jesus came to say – y'all are so focused on the containers that you’ve forgotten what the content is. The content is the Kingdom of God. The containers are all these freakin’ rules and regulations and laws. The content is what inspired the containers, and I know a lot of y'all are trying really hard to be faithful by following the guidelines. But you're missing it. So wake up. Giving, forgiving, loving, being healthy and strong, honoring commitments, loving God and others, confessing, serving, being open, following – those are and have always been the true content, all throughout the Law of Moses, the prophets, all of it.