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“So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” - Acts 10:34
We live in an extremely polarizing culture. The vitriol, rhetoric, and disdain prevailing in most mainstream conversations can be demoralizing. As I read twitter feeds, listen to radio shows, and hear antagonistic political shout outs, I grow weary quickly. And if I’m not careful, I might begin to believe and act upon what I might hear. In one way or another entire groups of people, inside and outside church walls, are making grave distinctions between and against one another that are building miles of protective walls around their hearts and keeping them from seeing the truth of the Gospel.
As I’m reading through Acts, the recorded happenings of the early church, I’m struck by the major wall busting moments that are orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. Peter’s vision and subsequent visit to Cornelius’ house is precisely one of those significant moments.
“When they (the church in Jerusalem) heard these things they fell silent.” - Acts 11:18
Peter’s own response to the Holy Spirit’s dealings with Cornelius and his family is worth noting. His seemingly righteous walls were smashed in by the far reaching, barrier breaking, all saturating Gospel message.
“What God has made clean, do not call common.” - Acts 10:15
Our call is to examine our own hearts. Where have we built distinctive walls that don’t allow the light of the Gospel to shine through?