13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 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.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Pe 2:13–17). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Christianity is an oddball religion. Our God makes contracts with us. Our God dies for us and lets up pile our sins on Him. Our God tells us not to take revenge, but let him handle it. Our God says karma is a myth and His grace is real.
Christianity is weird. Christians should be weird. Christians should stand out from the world in how they live their lives. They should stand out in such a way that others wonder where the innate joy of our lives come from. They should wonder why we smile, why we are honest, why we have families, why we pray, and why we help when others will not.
Too many Christians, myself included, reflect the world and not Jesus. Too many Christians want to blend into society. We are supposed to go into society, but we are not supposed to look like society. We are supposed to look like Jesus.
For those, like me, who are partisans, we are allowed to dissent, but we are required to pray. We pray for ourselves and our leaders, even if we disagree with them on policy. They are our leaders by God’s own will.
That can be a challenge. It can be a struggle. But God commands we do that. It should humble us. And therein we find the key. Living as the world is to live large and be a spectacle and to place ourselves first. Living as a Christian is to put ourselves last, not demand credit, and strive every day to look like Jesus.
Do you reflect Jesus to the world, or the world to Jesus?