The most obscene act Christians can perform is to fight over which of them is most righteous. Unfortunately, that act is all too common in Christendom.
Even Christians tire of it. That’s why many of them would rather be in the company of their pagan friends than their brethren in Christ. Well . . . that’s one reason anyway. Another reason might be they themselves have more in common with the pagans than with their brethren – but that’s a subject for another day.
This fight in the Galatian churches had pitted brother against brother. Paul accused them of “biting and devouring one another” (5:15). This, he maintains in the Galatian letter, is not Christianity; it’s not what it means to be led by the Spirit of God. That leading will result in love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. Christians following the Spirit will watch out for one another and do good to one another. Christians seeking their own agenda are destined to be destroyed.
It was true then. It remains true now.