As a Christian, Sam Cooke felt called to speak out about segregation in the United States. The fear that his fans might stop listening to his music held him back until the day that Sam heard the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. Sam Cooke liked this song so much that he began performing his own version of it. Bob Dylan’s words gave Sam the inspiration and the courage to write his own song about social unrest in the 1960s. “A Change is Gonna Come” became an important anthem of hope for the civil rights movement.
Peter preached the passage above in the home of a Roman centurion named Cornelius before baptizing him. At that time, it was unlawful for Jews to spend time with or visit a non-Jewish person, but a vision during Peter’s prayers gave Peter the courage to violate the cultural barrier that had been separating him from Cornelius. Peter realized that all different types of people were welcome in the body of Christ because Jesus Christ “is Lord of all.” (verse 36)
Holy Spirit, guide us to encounter you in unexpected places and unexpected faces. Amen. — KLS