Galatians 2. Pete’s a Turd.

Posted: December 9, 2011 in Galatians

Imagine being called out by Paul.

In the Bible.

Ouch!

See, Peter was chillaxin’ with a group of Gentiles (non-Jews). Eating, even. Which was ok, because Peter was no longer bound by the Old Testament dietary laws, because Jesus had freed him (and all Christ followers) from the Law. So everything’s all good, Pete’s chillin’ with the boys, and then a group of super-religious Jews come to town, and what does Peter do?

He becomes super-Jew too, and runs to his Jewish homies to hang with, imspiring them to act as super-Jews as well.

Not cool, Peter.

Says Paul, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” Or in other words, “Pete, you can’t even keep the Law yourself, but now you’re going to try to make non-Jews follow the same Law that you yourself fail at?? Remember this, Peter…no one is saved apart from grace.”

Peter wanted to change who he was based on his audience, when we as Christians simply can’t afford to do that. We’re to be the Jesus-exalting, God-honoring, Spirit-pleasing followers of Christ that we claim to be, 24/7, 365 days a year- regardless of who we’re around.

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