16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
Paul's basically saying "You shouldn't care what people think about what you eat or drink, or what people think about 'religious festivals' because it doesn't really matter. What really matters is found in Christ."
18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
Don't let people who worship false "idols" determine who you are. Don't let them "disqualify" you from the race. They have their own ideas. We have GOD's ideas. They don't have the communication and connection that we have with God. The communication with other believers too!
20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”?
It's challenge time: since we died with Christ and to the world, why do we act like we didn't? Why do we still behave like other people do?
22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
The rules that we have all have to do with earthly things that are based on human commands and teachings. Those regulations have to do with the appearance of wisdom and "self-imposed worship." It all has to do with a false sense of humility and treating your body badly. But they're worthless. The rules don't have value in "restraining sensual indulgence."
I think I'm going to have to do a post about Hannah and my meeting with Brandon today. It was good. And I'm peacing out.