Stepping away from what is acceptable
Acts 10: 28
“He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean.”
Everyone knew the cultural laws. If a man wanted to remain a good Jew then there had to be no contact with a Gentile. Why? A Gentile was seen to be unacceptable to God. The Jew belonged to God. He had to keep himself set apart to Him. This was demonstrated by who he spent time with. It was also seen by the way he conducted his life. There were many rules and regulations for the Jew, they all had a reason, all were justified and they were all meant to be kept, in order to be a good Jew.
Everyone knew Cornelius should not have asked for Peter to come.
Everyone knew Peter should not have been there.
But God had set this up.
Peter now knew his vision of the food was about the Gentiles not about kosher food. The Gentiles were not impure or unclean because they were Gentile.
More importantly the laws wee not more important than reaching people for Jesus, no matter who they were.
Peter was not breaking Gentile laws but his own. On reaching people for Jesus don’t worry about your own cultural norms, what is acceptable etc. Salvation and Love trumps every time. The church has often tried to stop its members from going into the world and being where the non-churched are. Sometimes the church has created lists of what we can and cannot do and where we can and cannot go. The result was that we stayed behind our buildings praying for the world to change. It didn’t. Let’s continue to associate with the non-churched. After all it is where Jesus would be. It is where He is.