This Sunday in our study of the Book of Acts, we’ll read about how the apostle Peter stopped being a racist. You would think that his time with Jesus would have broken the old habits, but at the beginning of chapter 10, we find a prejudiced Peter. He was unwilling to associate with Gentiles because he feared to do so would cause contamination- he’d be unclean in the eyes of the Lord if he associated with, visited, or broke bread with anyone from another nation. It even appears that his visit to non-Jewish Cornelius’s house is a new experience for him- not the kind of thing he had done before.
So we read about how God changed Peter’s heart. Formerly discriminating against others out of a belief that his race is superior, we find Peter now saying, “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality…” and “If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” (10:34 & 11:17)
The Gospel leaves no room for racism. Whether blatant, just below the surface, or existing in the deep corners of your heart, the Gospel leaves no room for racism.
If God shows no partiality, why would we?
Together on the journey,
Pastor Daniel