Peter continues to call his readers – and us! – to a radical understanding of just what it means to “proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.” He never suggests that we will escape the suffering that seems to be part of our broken world. What he does declare is that it is precisely during these times of suffering for righteousness that Christ-followers have the best opportunity to both defend and commend our choice to follow Christ.
Defending the faith has often conjured up thoughts of biblical arguments, proofs, and answers to tough questions. And certainly this is on point. Yet in our post-modern world the very concept of truth is up for grabs. What is needed is for us to return to a “pre-modern” mindset – a biblical mindset – that is committed both to defending our worldview with the truth, and commending that view with our love.