Christians Follow The Law Of Freedom
“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,” (James 2:12 NIV)
Christians, unlike Orthodox Jews and modern Muslims, do not generally have a list of rules of outward conduct to follow. Instead, we take extra care to do righteousness in our hearts. This means that we are free from artificial standards, but we must still consider ourselves slaves to God. Our freedom from external law means that we must be much harsher in judging our own motives, but more lenient in judging the motives of others.
For example, under Old Testament Law, Jews were told that they had to give ten percent of their wealth to the Lord. Christians, however, are not told exactly how much to give. Therefore we must be extra careful to give as much as we possibly can, not using the 10% mark as an excuse to stop giving! But neither can we judge another Christian who gives less than 10%, because we do not know their personal situation completely, nor can we see inside their heart.
Since we are under the law of freedom, we cannot use any rules to set maximums on the good we do, or impose minimums on others.