In Part 1, Peter said that unity plays an important part in calming the fires of persecution. He continues his advice in Part 2:
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil” (1 Pet 3:13-17.
There are numerous changes moving toward us in the form of higher taxes, free abortions, international embarrassment, record national debt with no controls, millions of people entering the country illegally yet sponsored by our leaders, teaching children that they are not responsible for what happens to them, vaccination shaming, and many other factors facing us in this perilous time.
So I am tempted to answer Peter that there are a lot of things that can harm us right now, since we are accused of being zealous for Christ first and for the Constitution as well. But the specific reasons for suffering do not matter if we follow the example of Christ to just keep doing good regardless of suffering:
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him” (1 Pet 3:18-22).
Our purpose in suffering during hard times is to help those making us suffer come to God in repentance. How do we do that?
Peter has much more to say on this subject. Hurry back for Part 3!