My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Sunday, January 13, 2008

1 Peter 2

Do what you're told

Summary:
Grow like babies! God's choosing you to be his people. From you he will build his house. You are his priests. You didn't used to be a people, but now you are. Live different because you're now different in this world.

Repect those who rule over you and submit to them. God put them there, and we want people to know we're good and not troublemakers. Slaves, do the same with your masters. If they beat you when you're innocent, then that shows your character. Putting up with punishment when you've been bad doesn't give you good points.

Remember how Jesus was innocent, yet he was beaten! He did that so we could be saved! You were lost sheep, but now you're with your Shepherd.

Key verse:
24. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

My thoughts:
Okay, so yes, I choose gospel-focussed for my key verses, but that's just because the gospel is the coolest thing ever. It really is. Sometimes I just get a glimpse of it and it's overwhelming. I shudder to think of how affected you would be if you realised the full extent of it even for a second.

Anyway, this whole submission to authority thing doesn't appeal to me straight away. Was Wilburforce wrong when he protested against the government supported slavery? Was Rosa Parks wrong when she refused to leave her seat for a white person in the bus?

What I take from this is that as Christians we don't want to be defined by rebellion, protest and revolution. We are to be good citizens of our state, not subversive ones. Some of my quite left-wing Christian friends wouldn't like this too much, but I think God's Word gives challenges to anyone who is right-wing or left-wing. There is something of God's plans which we don't like, no matter where we come from. That's because it's God's Word, not ours. Too often Christians (and others) don't really have faith in God per se, but just have views and opinions which God happens to fit into. The problem with this is that as soon as you find yourself disagreeing with God, God gets shafted.
Don't shape your faith, let faith shape you.

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