I was studying the book of Galatians this morning, and came across this passage. I thought it was applicable to our present day.
Galatians 2:11 states, “But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.”
Early in Galatians Paul confronted Peter. Here is making it clear to the false apostles that he confronted Peter to his face. There wasn’t anything done in secret. Paul confronted Peter face to face because the gospel was at stake. He did not take into consideration his position as an apostle or in the church.
Martin Luther states in his commentary on this passage:
“For defending the truth in our day, we are called proud and obstinate hypocrites. We are not ashamed of these titles. The cause we are called to defend, is not Peter’s cause, or the cause of our parents, or that of the government, or that of the world, but the cause of God. In defense of that cause we must be firm and unyielding.”
Luther defended his faith and experienced extreme persecution. Something few of us have or will ever experience. We often consider hurt feelings persecution, but if we compare that to the saints we may find that our experiences are mild compared to theirs.
Let us remember that we are called to hold fast to the gospel. Our allegiance is to God. How might the world change if we held fast to our faith, and defended it fervently like other religions do?
We are called to love, and we are called to defend the gospel. Somehow we need to figure out how to do that in our day. For while we were sinners Christ died for us. He upheld the gospel with His life. Can we not do the same in ours?
My prayer today is that God will help me think more of Him then I do my problems, goals, trials, and suffering. Most days I can barely rise above them, and in doing so I am in no place to defend anything for Him.
For His glory, and because of His grace,