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?
In Deuteronomy 5, after reviewing the 10 Commandments, Moses explained why they should keep the commands: “that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess (Deut. 5:33).
Even though we are not under the Law of Moses today, nations that have a strong respect for God, family, and neighbor (what you see in the 10 Commandments) will “live”, “it will be well with (them)”, and they will more likely “prolong their days”.
In our Sunday class we expressed sadness and sorrow over the fact that today in the United States we do not take these commandments seriously. There is great disregard for “honor your father and mother”, “do not commit adultery”, “do not take the Lord’s name in vain” (whether referring to cursing or perjury), having “no other Gods”, etc. In light of Deuteronomy 5:33 its hard to be optimistic for our future.
Question: Do you agree that these same principles are at work in our country, making us strong or weak? Is there anything we can do? Suggest one way one person can make a difference.