In Ancient History, I have the pleasure of teaching about some of the world’s earliest Empires. Countries that spanned out and conquered other foreign lands, even conquering other empires. This includes the Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman Empires to name just a few.

A common feature of each of these empires were the ‘conquered people’ who lived within it. People who had previously lived in different circumstances, who now were supressed and sometimes even persecuted for their differences. People who, as the apostle Peter writes in his first letter, were “strangers in the world”.

Fast forward 2500 years and Christians today are still ‘strangers in the world’. While Peter wrote to a Church under direct persecution in its day, some would argue that not much has changed in our world today.

Peter was a realist and prepared his readers for this. He explained that our faith would be tested to prove whether it was genuine (1 Peter 1:7), that our goal was salvation (v9), to prepare ourselves for action and be self-controlled (v13), to live as strangers in ‘reverent fear’ (v17) and to love one another (v22). After all, the best any Christian can do is to treat others how you would like to be treated yourself. Which is an expression of love.

So what is strange? Loving others in a persecuting world. The challenge for us all: to be ‘strangers’ within it.

Mr James Waterhouse
Year 12 Advisor