Galatians 2:11-14 (JDV)
Galatians 2:11 But when Cephas came into Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he was the culprit.
Galatians 2:12 since he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. Yet, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he was afraid of those from the circumcision party.
Galatians 2:13 Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.
Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of everyone, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force Gentiles to live like Jews?”
unity, or meddling
Peter was the one who saw the vision of the impure animals (Acts 10:9-16). He – of all people – should have known not to give in to peer pressure. It took Paul, the outsider, to confront the Jerusalem hero in Antioch. Paul also recognized the heart of the matter. It was not about preserving truth as much as trying to establish a superficial norm. When we have to establish a tradition to establish unity, there is something wrong with our unity.
There were some common Gentile behaviors that Paul objected to, because they were sinful. But he reminded Peter that there are some Gentile things that are not sinful, and the church has no business meddling in those things.
Lord, give us discernment – the ability to distinguish between different behaviors and wrong behaviors.
1 All instances of the second person (you) are plural except for 2:14; 3:8, 16; 5:14 and 6:1.