Read 1 Peter 3
I don’t wish to ignore a portion of today’s reading, but we have talked about the language that is used here, the language of submission, in other portions of our walk through the New Testament. It is important to note here that, on top of using this “submission” language, which we have said could be replaced with the word “value,” and should always be read with the idea that husbands and wives are called to mutual submission in the same way that they submit to Christ, here Peter takes it a step further to talk about the potential benefits and outcomes of acting in this way. Our spouses could be won over, coming to know Christ, because of our actions! As always, it is important to say here that this is not an encouragement to stay in abusive or dangerous relationships. I do not believe that Scripture ever meant for that to happen and that those who twist Scripture for their own defense in this matter are wrong.
Aside from, but related to that is the following topic on “doing good.” Peter encourages his readers once again to continue to do good in the midst of whatever suffering that they might encounter. He even goes so far as to suggest that we should be “eager” to do good.
As I continue to think about the election this week and the results that have come from it, I wonder about what we are “eager” to do. It seems like a lot of us are eager to get into meaningless arguments on social media, publically injuring our own witness and that of the church through unfriendly, unloving, and divisive speech. It seems that we are eager to judge our friends and neighbors for their political affiliations and reactions to the events of late. It seems that we are much more readily willing to allow the things of this world dissuade us the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.