Ethics do matter. How we conduct ourselves in the world is something we need to monitor.
Among us, it is too common to flaunt our liberties. We make jokes about what is forbidden in other religious communities. This is surely consistent with what is lawful. But is it helpful?
Is it helpful to those in search of an alternative to the vices and abuses of the world? Is it helpful to those whose family struggles with additions and abusive behavior patterns has lead them to the hallowed halls of God's house?
There are many, many eyes watching us. And how we are seen matters. Matters deeply.
It is not by works that we are saved. It is a gift of God's grace. But as saved individuals, we are called to live life differently.