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Following Jesus — for Real 1 Peter 2:19-25

Following Jesus — for Real

Someone do you wrong? New technologies now let us use gadgets to get even. Of course, that is not what our faith is all about.

Before we get started, note that the lectionary has cut this reading to verses 19-25. We urge you to include verse 18 as well, as it tells what gives rise to Peter’s argument in this passage.

That said, here’s an approach to get into this text:

There’s a good chance this has now happened to you: You’re having dinner in a nice restaurant with your significant other when the evening is marred because some inconsiderate individual (we will refrain from calling him a “jerk”) at a nearby table is carrying on a long cell-phone conversation at a volume level that nobody within 50 feet can ignore.

You’re irritated, but given that people today sometimes become explosive in public — giving rise to terms like “road rage” and “going postal” — you know that it’s probably unwise to confront this person. But wouldn’t it be cool if you had in your pocket some sort of electronic jamming device that would allow...

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