Sunday, March 06, 2016

This week's lesson (March 5-11): Peter on the Great Controversy

"Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out" -- Clifford Odet.
The Great Controversy doesn't usually seem all that great.

Just ask Peter.
To be sure, he believes in spiritual warfare; it's Peter, after all, who warns us that "the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8, NIV).
But when it comes time to "resist [the devil], standing firm in the faith," you won't find much that seems all that exciting in I Peter. No, there's nothing about exorcisms. Nothing about spiritual discernment. No equivalent to Hogwart's "Defense Against the Dark Arts" (which is probably just as well, given that class's high rate of faculty turnover).
Instead, Peter discusses the way we treat the people in our lives: parents and children, husbands and wives, servants and masters, church leaders and people who want to be church leaders.
But no, he says says nothing about Jedi Masters.
If we want to talk about the Great Controversy, in other words, then we need to talk about the way it plays out in our daily lives -- in the jobs we do, the wages we pay, the people we hire (or don't). 
Anything else, says I Peter, just misses the point.
That's because the Great Controversy isn't just great.
No, Peter reminds us that it's also local.

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