Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners and he took hits for it from the “religious crowd”. Now in Acts 11 after Peter spends time with Cornelius he takes hits from the “circumcised crowd”. These weren’t just any men these were the church. Acts 11:1-3 says,
“The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, ‘You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
In this story, Peter explains his vision and vs. 18 says,
“When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.”
A couple of questions.
Has your fear of what the church may think and say kept you from “eating with uncircumcised men”?
Who are the “uncircumcised” today in your life?
Now for the “church” – why do we fear who believers “eat with”?
Have we come to the place where we think that the best way for the “uncircumcised” to get saved is in our controlled environments?
Have we enabled and even trained believers to think that the role of witnessing and communicating the gospel is the job of the “paid professionals”. “Bring em and we will get em saved”.