“… you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
‘Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.’
Dear friends, I warn you as temporary residents and foreigners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” I Peter 2:9-11
Yes, I’ve been called out of darkness into His wonderful light, and I do want to show others the goodness of God. I want to live as a temporary resident on this earth, as one who shines with inner light, as one whose life God uses, for His glory, for the ultimate good of my neighbors.
But with Supreme Court decisions rocking the cultural landscape of the U.S., and world-wide persecution of Christians in the news, I’ve (as I’m sure you also have) thought a lot lately about my role as a Christian.
And I realize I need en-courage-ment. I need reminding.
I need to stop and meditate on I Peter 2:9-11’s progression of words which lead to God’s ending promise, “they will give honor to God.” How will those who now virulently call Christianity wrong, when they see the goodness of God in a Christian’s life, actually become those who honor God themselves?
For clarifying thoughts on these questions, on our purpose before our unbelieving neighbors (even when accused of being wrong, or believing wrongly) and on our hope that God will use our Christ-honoring behavior as part of His plan to convert them, read John Piper’s post: The Stampede of Secularism Will Not Stop Conversions.
Here’s an excerpt:
… it is no harder for God to save people today than it ever has been. Evangelistic despair or cowardice in the face of a deeply secular culture is wholly out of place in the Christian church because …
- God is always at work loosening individual people from the group-think of the prevailing culture of unbelief.
- The initial animosity from secular people may well be a prelude to their awakening.
- And it is no harder for God to raise the spiritually dead in Post-Christian America than it was in Puritan America.
“God is always at work loosening individual people from the group-think of the prevailing culture of unbelief.” I’ve known this. And I’ve also known that “the initial animosity from secular people may well be a prelude to their awakening.”
But I’ve needed reminding.
For your own reminder, I encourage you to click on the link above.
If you’re like me, it may be exactly what you’ve needed.