From our BSF notes this week (last notes for our study of Acts)
"Peter states that when we are reproached for the name of Christ or falsely accused, we are to rejoice (1 Peter 4:12-16). However, we are to be careful that the charges are not because we talk to much, or meddle in the affairs of others."
I've been watching so much strife on facebook lately, and this has me thinking about the division between standing up for what you believe, and meddling in the affairs of others. Social media makes meddling so much easier today- every status begs for a response, that is the purpose of posting, right?
But maybe not. Just because someone declares their beliefs in their status does not mean we need to respond at all. We can disagree without words, but simply by how we live our own lives. Unconcerned by the choices of those with whom we have no power to change, we are freed from so much strife.
1 Peter 4:12-16 NIV:
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. "