Who is your Cornelius?
“At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.”
There was a man who lived in a prominent Roman city, Caesarea, on the Judean coast.
His name was Cornelius and he was an officer in the Roman army.
The Roman army were the oppressors of the Jews and Cornelius was a key officer in that task.
So in effect the verse should read: At Caesarea there was a man hated by the majority of Gods people.
We are going to find out what happens to him. But today remind yourself that there are people caught up in a system, in an organisation, political and religious and who may carry out injustices and unethical practice who are doing their jobs. But at the end of the day they are a man and a woman with a family just like you and me. Real people with real feelings. Just because they are within a framework which you may hate doesn’t mean they are a man or woman who should be hated.
Choose love not hate.