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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 27 Nov

C.S. Lewis once wrote, "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." They are challenging words. I wonder if in our day and age we apply the same statement to God's Word? We are prone to accept the bits of God's Word we like and agree with, but see other bits as inhibiting our life and we discard them as unimportant. The apostle Peter is writing to Christians under fire. He has laid out for them how they should respond to the authorities God has placed over them whether they be a political or work authority. He then gives them the example of Jesus and how He responded to the authorities over Him. Now Peter examines the marriage relationship. When under stress, what does a Christian marriage look like? Peter uses the same words Paul uses in Ephesians 5. "Wives in the same way be submissive to your husbands." Peter gives a reason why. So that the unbeliever may be won for the Lord. For husbands, "in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives." In the same way, refers back to the example Jesus set in responding to authority that did not share your values of beliefs. How much thought have we give as to how e might win an unbelieving spouse to the Lord? Do unbelievers see anything different in us as we respond to authority? Or are we just like the world? What thought do we give as to how we live in consideration of others?