ROOTED - Wednesday, November 3, 2021


The question of race is not a new one… it goes back many thousands of years, at least.  Even God’s people have wrestled with how to engage with their foreign neighbors.  The Israelites had strict laws about who they could associate with.  Yet when Christ came, he revolutionized what it meant to love our neighbors.

 

Acts 10:23-28

23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 

24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 

25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 

26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” 

27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 

28 He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 

 

Reflections

What is happening in this story? What modern-day parallels do you see? What have you heard from other people about our neighbors of particular nationalities or races and whether they are clean or unclean?  What does the Bible say about them?

 

Prayer

Creating God, who made every single person in your own image, give me eyes to see people the way you do: as your beloved children, made with great care and beautiful to behold.  I pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.