1 Peter 2: Peculiar People
I know that I keep coming back to the idea that Christians are called to be different, but 1 Peter 2 brings me back there again.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Christians are called to be a peculiar people. I don’t know that many of us like to be peculiar. We like to fit in. We like to be like people around us. Why is pure pressure such a big deal in the world today? It works. People are influenced by those around them, so it might seem somewhat intimidating to say that we’re supposed to be different.
However, if you think about it, there might be a hidden presupposition in here. Most people are not uncomfortable if they stand out for something that others will praise them for. If you are a remarkable athlete, you generally don’t mind standing out. If you are really smart, you generally don’t mind standing out. Of course, some people are even uncomfortable with that level of recognition, but it seems that most of the time if we stand out for doing something that is societally acceptable well, we’re happy about that.
Why then does Christianity and the uniqueness of it make us nervous? Isn’t it a good thing? Even if there are people who will criticize us because of it, isn’t following God a good calling?
If we are Christians, that answer to that question needs to be yes. Then, if we reframe this issue of peculiarity in our minds, maybe we won’t mind as much. If we stand out for being Christians and if Christianity is actually true, then it is a good thing to stand out for being a Christian. It is like being a good athlete or a smart person in that respect. If it is true, then we are standing out for what is a good thing, and since we seem to be comfortable doing that in other areas of life, maybe this type of modified perspective will encourage us to be more confident in our Christianity.