Today I'm looking at 1 Peter 2:12, "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God..."
Christians are almost always under attack from unbelievers. I bet like me you receive videos, clips, memes making fun of Christians, calling us hypocrites and accusing as of all sorts of doings. We could call these persecutions but sometimes this attitude is due to how we live our lives. Once we bear Christ's name, He expects us to live differently and others including our unbelieving neighbors expect the same from us.
Peter asks us to live in this world as strangers in a foreign land, meaning since we belong to the kingdom of God we cannot live like those of the kingdom of this world. The reason the apostle is asking that we should be careful to live properly among our unbelieving neighbors, is so that when they accuse us of wrong doing they will have no basis to stand on and have no choice than to glorify God because of our lives.
Frankly, these days it is becoming difficult to tell the difference between a Christian and an unbeliever. It is as if we are struggling to look more like the world. Once we leave the haven of the church hall and step into the world, do those unbelievers around us see Christ in us? How we live our lives at home, at work, in school, at the sports event, wherever we find ourselves is important. As we open our hearts to Christ, His living within us should be made obvious on the outside. Let us make the effort to showcase Christ in how we walk, talk and carry ourselves as we go about our daily lives.
The apostle gives us a few examples of what living properly looks like: submit to authority, respect everyone, love others, fear God, obey rules, etc... "For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people." 1 Peter 2:15.
Let us silence the unbelievers by living properly as those saved and sanctified by the blood of Jesus and beyond silencing them draw them to Christ.