"11Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
12Keep your behavior excellent
among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers,
they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in
the day of £visitation." 1 Peter 2:11-12
Knightstown, Indiana-town had a cross atop a Christmas tree, and some ACLUddite said that the cross 'challenged his civil liberties'.
So now the cross is gone, and some of the Knightstownians are riled.
Hold on, Christians soldiers! Don't go marching as to War until you cogitate some.
This Knightstown massacree is a perfect opportunity to keep our behavior excellent amongst 'em.
Remember: WE are the aliens and strangers here in this present cosmos; if someone puts up a cross and you like it, great. Merry Christmas.
BUT if someone objects, this is their world. We are to obey all civil authorities PERIOD. If a town allows a cross, good. If a town rejects a cross...that is the right of that town.
13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every
human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
14or to governors as sent by him
for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
15For such is the will of God
that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men."
1 Peter 2:13-15
Christians are to be humble, not getting on some high horses, demanding this, that, and most especially the other.
Right now today some of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are facing persecution, being murdered for carrying the name of Christ.
So, if you are offended by someone else who is being offended by something else that offends some other neighbor...you can handle it. The 'fleshly lusts' in verse 11 above would include the fleshly demand that things be done your way. To be right.
We're the aliens now...but one day we will all be righteously riding on high horses:
"11And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white
horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness He judges and wages war.
12His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His
head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no
one knows except Himself.
13He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood,
and His name is called The Word of God.
14And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine
linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses." Revelation 19:11-14
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!