When differences are not as wrong or as different as we think

An individual from Peru has been teaching a class at my day-job the last couple of days.

Yesterday, during a lull in the actual teaching, he was asked about some of the differences between Peru and America. One of the differences he mentioned was food. In one specific example he said people from certain areas in Peru will raise and eat Guinea Pigs. As would be expected, that bit of information garnered a few “not happening” comments.

During lunch I told the teacher to not let anyone give him a hard-time because around here people eat squirrels and rabbits … which, whether or not anyone realizes it, are rodents like the Guinea Pig.

There are times in life when differences between people and cultures are not as wrong or as different as we think – at least not in God’s eyes. So we should not allow these differences to create barriers that could prevent us from seeing people as persons who need Jesus like ourselves. God does not care about where we are from as much as he cares about where we are going.

By the way, I also told the teacher I didn’t mind trying a little of almost anything as long as it was not raw, and I have a good reason that has nothing to do with the taste (Acts 15:19-20).

Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.” (Acts 10:10-16 NKJV)