1 Peter 2:11-3:7, Psalm 139
In repetitious fashion Peter informs that the Christian life is a life of submission. We are all to submit to governing authorities (1 Peter 2:13-14) and those placed in authority over us while we work (1 Peter 2:18-21). Wives are challenged by Peter to submit to their own husbands (1 Peter 3:1-6). Though husbands are not challenged to submit, elsewhere the apostle Paul calls for mutual submission for both husbands and wives (Ephesians 5:22). Christians are to live ordered lives with appropriate relationship to and respect for the role of leaders to make our lives more peaceful. Cooperation and submission are the bedrocks for harmonious societies, and Christians should lead the way in service with humility. However, in a disordered world, living orderly lives leads to suffering, for there are many that are evil who will take advantage of those who don’t cut in line or don’t always have the power to defend their rights. So how do we draw courage to live in cooperation with authority figures? The strength that we have for living peaceful lives in a harsh and cruel world comes from Christ who “when they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:23) Since Christ has endured evil at the hands of human authorities, we now can join Him in vindication over evil powers. So we do not need to lash out when mistreated, but we instead have all reason we need to “suffer for doing good” (1 Peter 2:20).