Read 1 Peter 2:1-3:7
Reflect on 1 Peter 2:13-17
This place is not our home. Peter calls us sojourners and exiles (2:11) that must remain in good conduct (2:12) and part of that conduct is how we treat the government that we are under. Now, I live under a government that doesn’t physically persecute someone for their faith The way that Peter’s government did. It should be easier to be subject under an institution that has religious tolerance.
What actions should I take as a Christian towards a government I may may at times disagree with?
How can I be subject to human institutions, especially when they commit evil acts against us?
As a parent, how can I teach my children obedience when I have strong disagreements?
Peter is the disciple that took a sword and chopped off a solider’s ear in order to stop Jesus from being arrested (John 18:10), so he was no pacifist. However, during the first ever nationwide persecution, Peter does not lead the charge with war but instead he leads the charge with peace.
Peace will always trump violence as an effective means of change. Compare Jesus Christ to Alexander the Great. Even if you don’t believe Jesus was the Messiah, his influence is still felt worldwide. Alexander the Great means nothing to those outside the areas of his conquest. Peace always trumps violence.
Living in obedience is part of God’s will, yet we are called to be obedient, not slaves (2:16-17). We are free to live life, but we are not to use our freedom for evil, because our freedom is not from this world, but the next. Instead we are commanded to live life with a high calling by honoring all, whether it be rich or poor. Ruler or servant. Honor is to be given to all.
In what ways do you show Christian obedience to your human institution online and at home?