Lens 2 of 4 and back to Acts 15 we go. While the Jerusalem Council ends with a decision to not erect barriers for Gentile inclusion in the church, the real work has only begun. It is what happens after the council that is of utmost importance. What the council decides to do represents a distinctly Christian way of navigating differences. The challenge of course is that this way forward is very fragile and the tensions around the Jew/Gentile question are ever present in the New Testament. This story has a lot to teach us as we navigate through differences in our own time and place.
May 3, 2021