Imagine the hatred between Serbs and Muslims in modern Bosnia, the enmity between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland or the feuding between street gangs in Los Angeles or New York, and you have some idea of the feeling and its causes between Jews and Samaritans in the time of Jesus. Both politics and religion were involved.~ excerpt from blog post Pat Mc Closkey
And if I can add to that, the divide perpetuated between blacks and white. Hatred, racism, and division runs deep within the blood line of man.
Let me take you back!
Remember Peter? Jesus’ ride-or-die man who vowed to never sell Him out? Yes that one who gave into the pressure of popular opinion and left Jesus high and dry. The same one we still talk about in 2018 for his walk on the water.
Despite his historical contributions, and the zeal he had for God, Peter, at one time, was a racist!
Bear with me as I explain.
Peter was a jewish man blinded by his jewish traditions and prejudices, until one day, while in prayer, he had a vision of animals that he customarily would not eat. The voice of the Lord said to him, “Rise, Peter, kill, and eat.” Peter strongly objects (just like some of us when it comes to certain people). The voice replies, “What God has cleansed, that call not common or unclean.” Acts 10:13-15
Little did Peter know God was preparing him to blend with those of another ethnic group. To combine their knowledge in order to expand their horizons and show that the God they serve loves ALL his creation the same.
Enter in Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian band, who was seeking the same God in prayer for an answer on a particular matter. He was instructed to seek out a man named Peter, and request that he speak at a gathering. God told him exactly where he could find him, and so he sent men to go and get him.
Long story short, the men shows up at Peter’s dwelling place, and Peter gathers up his team and goes on a journey with these men. He didn’t question it, because remember God had already prepared him and opened his heart and mind to change.
When they arrived to Cornelius’ house, Cornelius fell to Peter’s feet and begin to worship him. Peter immediately helps him up explaining that he is a man no different than he was, and that it was not necessary to worship him in that way.
Peter addresses the group:
Ye know how that it is an unlawful (note: there is a difference between man-made laws and God’s laws) thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation (ethnic group); BUT GOD HAS SHOWED ME that I should NOT call ANY MAN common or unclean. Therefore came I [unto you] without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? Acts 10:28-29
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that fears him, and work righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts 10:34
For our world to see great change, we must first see that God has accepted us all as HIS creation, therefore, we must accept that we all matter even when we don’t all agree.
Peter had a life changing moment in the presence of people he distrusted and was adamant about not associating with.
Guess what? There is no black blood, white blood, asian blood, hispanic blood. We all bleed the same. We are ALL accepted in God through the blood of Jesus!
1. Correction happens when we spend time in prayer, or when we have an open mind.
2. The persons you least expect may be your connection to greater in your life.
3. We may seek the same God, but experiences, traditions, prejudices will cause us to draw the wrong conclusions about who God is.
4. God will at times give very specific and exact instructions.
5. God will show man the error of his ways when man is open to receive correction.
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