What God has made clean, you must not call profane. — Acts 11:9
Peter tells his fellow Jews that God came to him in a dream and declares that all are welcome in the early Church — the Jews and Gentiles, the circumcised and the uncircumcised.
I bet each and every one of you have belonged to an organization that excluded, and probably been excluded from an organization as well. For many of us being excluded can be as painful a life experience as anything.
The exclusion may have had nothing to do with your sex, your religion, your race, or sexual orientation. Groups of people find ways to exclude that are creative. It’s almost as if if an organization doesn’t exclude it must not be worth joining.
Our world is full of people that exclude, label, discriminate, and call others unclean and not worthy.
I think that God’s words to Peter in a dream have as much meaning today and they did 2000 years ago. We need to read Acts 11:9 on a regular basis, and send it to our leaders.
God does not exclude, discriminate or label. We are all his children and with unconditional love God makes us clean every time we ask. We must do likewise as Peter learned so many years ago.