Silence the ignorance
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 1 Peter 2:15
This is one of the “God’s will” passages in His Word, so you absolutely know what God’s will is in this situation. You don’t even have to ask Him or pray “if it is Your will”. God’s will is for us to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man. All of them, from kings (president) to governors to police officers. One of the reasons is that in submitting yourself, you can make ignorance silent. Wouldn’t that be nice?
You might be thinking “Sure, that was easy for Peter to say. He didn’t have to deal with the leaders we have today.” Yes, that is true, but it is also true that the leaders at that time were not only persecuting the Christians he was writing to, but it was also killing them. It is unimaginable to think that Peter said to submit to these authorities. Yet he says the rulers are sent to punish evil doers and to praise those who do good. He goes on saying that if you continue to do good as you are already doing, that will shut up the ignorant attitudes they were up against.
Today I want to encourage you to submit yourself to the governmental authorities. Consider that they are here for our protection. Also take time to consider what our world world be like if we didn’t have the government that we do have. There are no perfect governments or people, but if we all do our part instead of always criticizing and complaining, we will help them to do their part better and silence the ignorance! Start today by praying for our governmental officials to have wisdom to lead, then submit yourself to them by putting away all wrong attitudes and complaints. Be thankful that we have the checks and balances in place to keep things from getting out of control and ask God how we can do more to help rather than make things worse.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 2:13-17