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    Of course, these are real examples. How would you like to live in such situations?

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    How would you live under the constant threat of your life? The people to whom Peter addressed his letter were living in exactly the same situation, and even worse. Socially they were ostracized, abused, insulted and ridiculed. Politically they had no civil rights. And Peter realized that the situation was getting worse. So, before the time of the Roman Emperor Nero when the severe persecution broke out, Peter wrote this letter to encourage and prepare the Christians scattered in the Asia Minor area. As we know from history, later during the time of the infamous Nero A. Those Christians were mistreated and insulted 1 Peter 3: The main reason for their persecution was their life-style as aliens and foreigners in the heathen culture.

    Peter basically tells them two things: One, their position as aliens and foreigners in this world 1 Peter 1: As to our practice as foreigners and liens in this world, there is so much that Peter has to tell these people as to the instructions about how they should live among the people who do not know God and who live a life that is not pleasing to God. Look at my wife and me! We look different, we dress different — at least my wife does.

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    We sometimes act strange. We eat a different kind of food. No matter how long we both live here, we will always be different and treated as foreigners and aliens in this country because we are from a different country, a different culture. We are like our parents who are Indians. And that is exactly what Peter tells his readers here. You are now born into a different family 1 Peter 1: Now you eat different food; you are to crave the pure spiritual milk of His Word so that you can grow in your salvation 1 Peter 2: Now you have a different culture.

    You do not choose to do what the others choose:. He does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do — living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry 1 Peter 4: Today what has happened is that when we are in the world, we do what the world does.

    Instead of the church penetrating the world, the world culture has penetrated the church. We have the same, if not higher, divorce rate and family breakdown as the world does. We have the same rate, if not higher, of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind as in the secular world 1 Peter 2: No wonder the outside world does not see us Christians as any different than them. According to the recent Barna research, less than one-fourth of non-Christians surveyed think of their Christian neighbors with high respect. How about our goals and priorities in life?

    Are we not running after material things just as the people of the world are? Let us take the Christmas celebration as an example.

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    Have you started Christmas shopping yet? If not, you are in the minority. Whose birthday is it anyway? Why should I get any gifts? In all this running around, does anyone ever pause and think where is the birthday Boy?


    And how about our food? Do we not feed on the same food of violence, sex, and a perverted life-style that has been dished out through most of our TV shows? Do we not devour that for hours like hungry dogs? Or, do we, like newborn babes, crave the pure spiritual milk, so that by it we may grow up in our salvation 1 Peter 2: Speaking about pure spiritual milk, what kind of spiritual food do we demand from our preachers today?

    For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths 2 Timothy 4: You must have seen the article that came out a few days ago in the Dallas Morning News. Funk and other scholars of Westar Institute have been looking for new symbols to represent Christianity:. Consuming the blood and body of Jesus would probably be out. Instead, he Funk envisioned a dinner, open to everybody, representing the kinship of all humans.

    Salt has ancient spiritual meanings in many faiths, which would meet Dr. Even some evangelical churches are engaging new images and giving old ones less prominence. Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago left the cross out of the church sanctuary because its presence might intimidate newcomers not raised in a church setting. Another ministry attempting to attract postmodern converts allows worshippers to write their sins in a bowlful of sand and then wipe them away.

    You cannot call yourself a born again Christian and accept the prevalent culture. We cannot follow the norms of the world.

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    7. We grow by a different kind of food,. His Kingdom is our priority, His service and glory is our goal. Because we are different, we are aliens and foreigners in this culture, and we will be ridiculed. Either conform to the world, or be ridiculed. As Jesus told His disciples,. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world.

      That is why the world hates you John Of course, Christians should never give outsiders just cause for mistreatment. They should never use the freedom as a cover-up for evil: