Obeying God Not Human Authority

Text: Acts 5: 27-42

Reflection and Question: Just as Peter had to speak out, GLBT Christians are driven by the Holy Spirit to seek to serve God. The council judging Peter had the wisdom to listen to Gamaliel: “if this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail, but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them.” But when our GLBT members seek to follow God’s call, the PCUSA forbids them. How do we know what authority we are obeying?

Prayer: Holy Spirit, give us the patience and wisdom of Gamaliel so that we may watch Your authority at work in our midst rather than rushing to assert our authority. Help us to trust that Your will shall be done. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).