Sometimes you need to call out people on your own team

Gal 2:11  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. Gal 2:12  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. Gal 2:13  And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.  Gal 2:14  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? 

Galatians 2:11-14

Unless you are very distant from media and people, a reasonable person will surely have noticed that western culture has certainly raised, in the last 15 – 20 years, a generation of snowflakes.  A generation where they have been told they are great, rarely told they are wrong, and where delinquent behaviour has not been punished hard enough, or in some cases, encouraged.

It is easy for us to look at this generation and see their lack of a hard shell (and other generally speaking bad qualities) and call them out on it, but how hard is it to call out a person on your own team – your side – that is acting in a way that is weak and/or wrong.  IT’S TOUGH! Nobody likes to do it, but it is something that needs to be done.

In the book of Galatians, we have an example of when Paul met up with Peter, and Paul called out Peter for acting in a hypocritical way and teach a lesson that was contrary to the gospel.  Additionally, Paul did this in the open for the other disciples to see and hear as stated in verse 14.  As tough as this was for Paul to do, it was the correct action to take and the right place to do it.  In this way, Paul is keeping Peter in line and highlighting what he is doing wrong, as well as, pointing out to Peter and ALL the disciples that the teaching was incorrect too. 

The Holy Bible is full of examples of how we can use our words and actions to impact people positively, even in tough situations, and lead them in the right direction.

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