A New Year Resolution from Peter (January 2021)
“…all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
1st Peter 3:8-9 (NIV)
I could not imagine a more appropriate New Year’s resolution than this. Certainly for many years, this would be an appropriate resolution as we continue to see the decline of decency and the rise of indignity. Especially for 2021, on the heels of 2020, this is greatly needed by all people, but especially the Church universal. 2020 was a year that we can look back on as a year that was greatly missing people striving to be like-minded, sympathetic, compassionate, humble, and much of the time it was a year that was greatly lacking love of one another.
The need for us to take seriously this command given through the Apostle Peter was greatly missing in 2020. And while you may be thinking I am talking about presidential politics and how people have treated each other through COVID-19, it goes much deeper than that. In 2020 we have seen it in race relations, in youth sports where high school football players are hitting umpires in frustration. Of course, this is a culmination of years of youth coaches and parents forgetting this command and abusing umpires. Sadly, this destructive attitude is not just in the world at large, but can be seen in churches as well.
Yet, as the church, we have the opportunity to show the world a better way forward. Where we take seriously the many times where we are told to love God and love neighbor. Where we are told to have compassion and to turn the other cheek. Let us strive to encounter people as equals, not as superior to others. Let us be the light of the world, so bright that the world sees this better way. This way that is not of ourselves, but of the Creator, Redeemer God coursing through us through the Holy Spirit.
In Christian Love,