Rules: Good, but not sufficient
In his book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr argues that rules are necessary for giving us the boundaries within which we develop self-control. Ultimately, however, the goal is not to be a rule follower, but actually to give up the control of our lives to another. We learn to live within constraints, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Pretty deep stuff.