Day 158/260: Read 1 Peter 5
Humility is a hallmark of the fifth chapter of Peter’s first epistle. Even in the first four verses, as Peter encourages the elders, humility shines through. Yes, our shepherds are our leaders, but not in the sense of being lords over the flock. Rather, they gently lead as examples of how we should live.
Peter then urges, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’”
Humility is highlighted by an attitude of selflessness and consideration of the opinions and desires of another. When we are wise enough to know that we don’t know everything, we are more likely to hear what other people are saying. Their experiences can help us understand different perspectives if we are only willing to listen.
We must also be humble when we consider our position relative to God. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” If we submit to Him and serve Him, He will take care of us and lift us up when we need it most.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
1 Peter 3:15. But _______________ the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a _______________ to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
Pray for humility in your dealings with other men and with God.
Christians must be aware of the world around them. Inspiration teaches, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Our awareness of the world will help to guard us against falling prey to Satan’s schemes, and prepare us to help others find God’s truth.
NBC premiered a new program called Rise in March. The show focuses on Lou Massuchelli, an English teacher put in charge of his high school’s drama club. His first act is to announce the production of the controversial musical, Spring Awakening, which addresses several issues of teenage sexuality.
Rise includes a male homosexual student, a transgender female transitioning to male, and a straight male who is cast in a role that requires him to kiss another male. All of these are presented as completely normal, acceptable lifestyles to most of the other characters. The few that object are portrayed as narrow-minded people. Showrunner Jason Katims released a statement in which he affirmed the producers are “firmly committed to LGBTQ inclusion” and that Rise “portrays positive depictions of LGBTQ characters and stories…with honesty and sensitivity.”
In a recent episode, a parent asked the teacher, “What do you believe in?”
Lou responded, “I believe in the kids I teach. I believe in the truth. I believe in helping them to grow up in the sun and not in the shadows,” further reinforcing the character’s view that homosexuality and transgenderism should be accepted by everyone.
I am reminded of the prophet who cried, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
Fornication — whether heterosexual or homosexual — is wrong, regardless of age. Transgenderism is wrong. Brother Ben Giselbach published an informative article about transgenderism in 2015 on his website, “Plain Simple Faith” (plainsimplefaith.com/2015/06/transgenderism).
Christians, be aware that many of your co-workers (adults) and classmates (youngsters) believe in the acceptance of deviant sexual behaviors. Be ready to defend the Biblical truth on these matters (1 Peter 3:15; Jude 3).