“You Gotta Go Through It”
The New Testament includes a short letter, written during troubled times, by the Apostle Peter, to Christians scattered throughout the Roman Empire. Among their various troubles, they would have been experiencing political problems, an economic crisis, social upheaval, and dangerous persecution against Christians.
As Peter writes, his tone reminds me of the children’s book: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” in which a family (on a bear hunt) continuously is faced with obstacles in their path. With each problem, the book says, “we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it…oh no – we gotta go through it.” Peter writes to help his readers “go through it” – whatever the specific “it” may be in their day.
Through our study of this book, we’ll be reminded: 1) in-Christ, we have everything we need to face life as it is, 2) as Christians, we are not called out of the world, but into the world on mission, and 3) having a right view of “what’s ahead” shapes our view of “what’s right now.”