“Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (v34-35). Peter, a devout Jew, heard God telling him that he should not call any person “common or unclean” (v28). This direct command set the Church free from the exclusivity of culture, empowering the early missionaries to spread the good news to all cultures. The invitation is universal, yet the content is specific; it is the “good news of peace through Jesus Christ” (v36).
The message that “God so loved the world that He sent His Son” can’t be heard unless we, the messengers, embody God’s radical love for all peoples.