1 Peter 3:13-17
“But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated,” vs. 14
Early Christians were not naive about what might happen to them if they were called by the Holy Spirit to be a part of the Church. Even though their aim was to do what was right, their actions could easily spark resentment, jealousy, and persecution. Here the Apostle tells them to hang in there and that in the midst of their suffering they would be blessed. It’s important to hear such assurances! No matter who we are, we like to be liked and we would prefer it if everyone gave us the benefit of the doubt and treated us kindly. But that’s not how this world is! Even the best intentions can be misunderstood and embroil us in controversy. Often we’re tempted to simply lay low, keep our mouths shut, and not make waves. The problem is that such quiescent behaviors allow demagogues and rascals free rein. Justice is threatened and mercy disappears. That’s why believers like Dietrich Bonhoeffer insisted that action was at the heart of the Christian response to evil. We are called to have no fear and not to be intimidated as we act to bring light to dark places and speak the truth to those who are in power. Our action will be different, full of reverence and gentleness, but we will not stand aside in the face of opposition.
Thought for the Day: Where do I feel a call to take action?