1 Peter 3: Remaining in the Faith
1 Peter 3 encourages Christians to remember that what we believe in is nothing to be ashamed of, and we should be prepared to talk about that whenever we are asked.
1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Pe 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
It is better to suffer for doing something good than it is to do something evil. We shouldn’t be afraid if we suffer for what we believe, but we should always be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have as Christians. As a result, we can have a good conscience because even if they do accuse us of evil, we know that we have done what is right.
This is incredibly relevant for the world today. It doesn’t matter what people say about us, and it doesn’t matter what the consequences are. If we are Christians, then we need to be Christians in the good times and the bad times. If we are only Christians when it is easy to be a Christian, then it says something about our level of commitment in the beginning anyway.
It strikes me then that that should be our resolution. Fair weather Christianity is a problem, and we need to make sure that we avoid it. We need to make sure that we are committed to following Christ wherever it may lead.