Welcome to “Bible Study for Progressives,” a show where moderates, liberals and leftists of all faiths and ideologies come together to discuss scripture, spirituality and politics.
Today’s show is titled “Religion is Politics: Following Jesus is Civil Disobedience.” We will read First Peter, chapter 2, verses 11 to 25 followed by my exegesis of the text. Then our panel will talk about the passage and what Peter meant when he told these early Christians to accept the authority of human institutions and to honor the emperor. The key to understanding Peter’s letter is to remember the Christians Peter is writing to were disobeying Roman law and custom by refusing to worship the emperor. Nowhere does Peter imply that they should do otherwise.