The Emperor

For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
(1 Peter 2:13–17, NRSV)

OK. We are to honor everyone, even the government.

OK. We are to love our faith family as if it were our blood family.

OK. We are to fear God.

OK. We are to honor the emperor.

I could probably make some improvements in all those areas. Especially, I fear, I do not allow myself to really be part of the church family. Yes, I’ve had some bad experiences. No excuse.

I am glad for God’s word. I am open to correction.

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