Using the scriptures from Acts 11, the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor, relates how Peter attempted to demonstrate to the members of the Jerusalem church that God’s intention is to love Gentiles as well as Jews. When the circumcised believers criticized Peter, he defended himself from their accusations.
Peter explained how when he was in Joppa praying he had a vision of a large sheet coming down from heaven, covering four-footed animals, breasts of prey, reptiles and birds of the air. Peter heard the voice of the Lord requesting that the kill and eat of these creatures.
Peter refused by stating he has never eating anything profane or unclean. The heavenly voice declares that what God has made clean should not be called profane. After the voice speaks a third time, the sheet and creatures are pulled up again to heaven.
Pastor recalls the learning basic that he derived from Texas Lutheran University was how to think. The students can best experience learning in small class ratio because it is hard to stand out in a 400-plus group. Teachers in smaller groups are better able to influence the lives of their students.
Peter, denying that he had ever consumed anything unclean or profane, is shown by God there is more than one way to consider a situation. God wanted Peter and his followers to know there is more than one way to reach a goal. An example of this diverse thinking was of the alternate routes besides Highway 123 to follow in reaching Seguin to Kenedy.
Small colleges like TLU tend to expose students to different things more completely. Teachings can be more individualized. One learns to see many situations with new eyes. Classroom and dormitory living happenings bring abut what it means to be human and possibly to be Lutheran.
When Peter tries to dictate to God what one is to believe, God replies back, giving other choices. With this new method of consideration, all churches and followers are included in God’s grace no matter if they are Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist or other denominations. There is no difference since God has called us together as his followers with the purpose of loving one another and not letting anything come between our relationship with God and prayer. No one should worry; God’s love is eternal.
Good Shepherd Lutheran welcomes everyone to participate in the May 5 service at 10:45 a.m.