Sunday Recap: The Ignorance of Foolish Men

The name of our Sunday class is “We Have Lost The Culture War, Are We Now Ready To Suffer”?

Peter challenges Christians who are in the minority in a godless society to continue doing good (2:12, 15), submit to authority (2:13), “honor all people”, “honor the king” (2:17).  If we are persecuted because we hold a Biblical world view we are to follow Jesus example:  “when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten” (2:23).

In 1 Peter 2:15 he says “this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men”.

Again, Peter tells us to keep doing good, but then he uses some really strong language to describe the philosophy of those who do not follow God: “the ignorance of foolish men”.

Do you agree with the way he describes the philosophies of godless culture?

Is he being unkind?

Why is this an accurate description?







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2 Responses to Sunday Recap: The Ignorance of Foolish Men

  1. Berkeley Thompson

    Excellent points, Jimmy. The philosophies of the world are ignorant and foolish because in the end they lead to destruction. I do want to touch on this idea of a culture war if I may.

    Peter tells us that we are a “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” He further describes us as sojourners and exiles. Christ tells us that the way to eternal life is hard and narrow and few will find it while broad and easy is the path to destruction. Have we lost the culture war? I don’t know that it was ever ours to win in the first place – after all, this isn’t even our country. Much like U.S. citizens don’t like illegals living in our country, the world does not like us invading theirs. In that regard, the culture war was lost before it even started.

    Here is how Peter tells us to fight the culture war: 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

    Here is how Christ fought the culture war: 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

    We are to live out the Gospel of Christ. It is to be alive and vibrant in our lives. We are to be Salt and Light. We should never be so short-sighted that we limit the culture war to the politics of the United States. No, the culture war is much broader than that. We are to go into all the world and preach the gospel. So, the culture war is fought and won one soul at a time.

  2. Mary K

    If fearing God is the beginning of wisdom, then it follows that disregarding God generates fools. Peter was being factual, not unkind.

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