Monday, 8 October 2012

Being like Jesus when suffering for doing good

Preached on 1 Peter 2:18-25 yesterday at church and ruffled a few feathers.

Partly because I implied that God was not about giving people what they deserve at all, and that on the contrary, He's actually determined to give us what we don't deserve - by punishing Jesus for our sins and giving us His righteousness.

More so because I said Peter was very specific in how we are called to follow Jesus' example in suffering for doing good. i.e in case we didn't know how to apply this, Peter says, when insulted, don't retaliate; when suffering unjustly, don't threaten back. Just keep quiet all the way just as Jesus did - no tribunals, or threatening to speak to the manager etc. Did I go too far?

What about Paul who demanded to be escorted out publicly after being persecuted? But then it's interesting that he doesn't seem to protest whenever he's persecuted or beaten up. It's only after he's been cleared of wrongdoing, which he did not ask or fight for, that he wants a public vindication.

Or when he appealed to Caesar? Maybe this was part of his plan to get to Rome - i.e. he wasn't seeking vindication since he could've been freed, but only looking to go and preach Jesus there?

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