I am good.
“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
Peter was so careful.
He didn’t take into his body anything that was impure or unclean.
He didn’t drink or eat the wrong things that Jews would never take in.
He had a feeling of purity and cleanliness. He felt good about himself.
Some people live such good lives. They don’t break any rules. They don’t compromise. They don’t make mistakes. They don’t abuse their bodies. They have a track record, a cv that is very impressive. They are set apart from the ‘sinners’. They can boast about what they haven’t done and what they don’t get involved with. These people are found in all religions and outside of them. Yes they can even be Christians. Popular Christians. “I want to be like him” “She is so holy”. We build our heroes but then we knock them down.
Peter was all this. He was one of the purists. But he was reflecting as he was repeating the story of what happened. In this reflection he realises that though he and everyone thought he was pure, blameless and clean. He wasn’t so. In fact he found out that what God says about purity is far greater than what he and any other says.
Don’t be fooled. Don’t be impressed. Look only to God who calls people righteous.