what's wrong with bbq pork?
By Hubert Pun
September 15, 2020
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From Galatians 2:16, we understand as followers of Christ, we are justified before God simply through our faith in Christ. No more and no less. Nothing we add through our works or amazing efforts to prove ourselves to God can ever be sufficient to replace the sacrifice Christ paid on the cross for me and you!
I grew up in a Chinese immigrant family where my parents each held one or two jobs to make ends meet. That work ethic is deep in my DNA, so much that it can creep into how I may think I need to show my worthiness to God through my works for Him. However, through God’s Word and our church community at New North I’m reminded that Christ alone is sufficient for me to be right before God. My earthly father may not accept me before I prove my worthiness by doing all kinds of things for him, but my Heavenly Father just wants me to accept the gift he gave in His perfect and holy Son, Jesus Christ. I have discovered that I can’t place these similar works-based demands on others around me to qualify them as a true follower of Christ. That’s up to God’s judgement and not my burden to carry or to judge.
In our Galatians 2:11-14 passage today, Peter was eating with his Gentile Christian friends and perhaps chowing down some BBQ pork ribs before he abruptly left them when he noticed his Jewish friends were walking over. Was Peter too prideful with his concern of potential shame and embarrassment from his Jewish friends noticing him partaking in food not allowed for Jews?
It’s a gift to have a friend like the apostle Paul to confront and correct us as he did for Peter in the story above when we go astray and worse yet, when we unintentionally cause other followers of Christ to go astray.
Let’s lean into Christ together in this unprecedented time so we can find refuge in Him and find patience while waiting for His plans for our lives and for this world. Instead of watching passively on the sidelines during this season let’s actively love our neighbor and reflect Christ as he empowers you and I to run His race.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
— Psalm 59:16
Prayer to start with: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving me with your unconditional love. I’m grateful that my faith in Jesus alone allows you to accept me as I am, even in my sinful state and with my shortcomings. May I show love to my neighbor through Christ in me. Amen.