Outside of Christ, freedom is an illusion. We think we are free agents making free choices, but in actuality we are guided, formed and shaped by all the competing stories, fears, desires and hopes around us and our own indwelling rebellion. Our desire to be approved by others, to be in the accepted camp compels us. Or the opposite occurs where we simply rebel against the approved camp, and retreat into another camp that rebels in unison against the first. Christ calls us to a freedom from oppression from those who hold unnecessary rules over us, but also calls us to hold that freedom without offense to others and to not make it a freedom to more rebellion. Our freedom is not to rebellion, but freedom from sin's indwelling presence. In Galatians 5 we learn about this tension and what God provides for us in Christ, freedom.