We live in a sin-corrupted culture, dominated by Satan, sin and self-occupation! The behavior of those chosen to lead often disappoints and disgusts us. What should those who call themselves Christians do – How should they behave?
This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read Apostle Peter’s words on the subject to “elect exiles of the Dispersion” who were challenged to live out their faith and allegiance to Christ in a world very much like ours in many ways…
“Be subject FOR THE LORD’S SAKE to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him… For this is the will of God, THAT BY DOING GOOD YOU SHOULD PUT TO SILENCE THE IGNORANCE OF FOOLISH PEOPLE! Live as people who are free, but never use your freedom as a cover-up [or excuse] for doing evil! Live as servants of God! Honor everyone! Love the family of God! Fear [or reverence] God! Honor the emperor! Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures while suffering unjustly… If when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.” (From 1 Peter 2:13-20 ESV)
Don’t know about you, but that is how I want to live as a follower of Christ in our culture today! Lord help me to embrace these God-inspired words in order to please you, enhance the Gospel message, and make the maximum impact for You in the sin-corrupted culture in which I live!