We too often have an idealized few of the early church and think it was devoid of some of the same issues that still haunt the church of Jesus Christ today. Prejudice, racism, and confusion about God’s love for all people were and in too many instances continue to be a problem in the church. We learn in Acts 10:1-43 how the gospel is made known to a Roman Centurion but we also see how God’s love for “gentile dogs” is shown to Peter and the rest of the early church. Even as the early church had to learn to leave the traditions and ingrained prejudices left over from their days before knowing Christ the church today needs to be reminded of or learn of God’s desire for unity and oneness among all people despite traditions, pride and prejudices We are to never devoid someone’s worth by our own standards, yet we often fall prey to this type of thinking. Let us be folks who love the Word of God (like Cornelius) and are willing to go love (like Peter) those whom God has placed us around no matter their or background.
Scripture References: Acts 10:1-43