Quick thought and question that came from my devotional reading in Acts chapter 10. In this chapter the door to the evangelizing the Gentiles is opened when God works simultaneously and individually with Cornelius the Centurion, and the Apostle Peter.
Cornelius was a good man, but “being good” isn’t enough, so God worked in his life and Peter’s life to bring them together for a meeting. Peter explains the Gospel and Cornelius and his whole house is saved, thus opening the floodgates of the Gospel to the Gentile community. It is a fascinating story, give it a read HERE.
The part that jumped out to me was this: Cornelius’ salvation hinged on Peter’s willingness to leave his comfort zone, and what he was familiar with to do something that he had never done before. Furthermore, what he was doing violated tradition and protocol. What he did certainly drew had to draw criticism from those who were around him.
It was when Peter was willing to forgo all these issues that he was able to begin a movement that would eventually reach millions and millions.
The question that came to my mind was, “Is tradition the greatest barrier to the spreading of the Gospel?”
What say you?