When [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned…When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to [Peter] in front of them all… “How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?”
— Galatians 2:11 & 14

On Reformation Sunday [Oct. 28] we will be reminded of our Presbyterian roots which came out of the Reformation of the Church in Europe during the 1500’s. The Reformed Church did not come into existence through a few pleasant discussions between Christian leaders; it was often violent – in word and action. As Christians in the ‘West’, we are pacifist in our approach to our faith than our ancestors. But, are there times when confrontation within the Christian Church is unavoidable?

            We read of one such a time in the book of Galatians. The apostle Paul believed he needed to confront Peter, who was understood to be the ‘head’ [under Christ] of the early Christian Church. Peter was behaving in a manner that contradicted the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and Paul called him on it. I believe that Peter and Paul were unified in Christ, but it wasn’t always easy. Let us not fall into the spiritual malaise of ‘anything goes’ but pursue the truth of the gospel even when what we proclaim may not be found acceptable by all, in the Church, and certainly in our society as a whole.

May we have the courage of Daniel as we stand up for truth in Jesus name,