It may be possible to squint hard and see the good in First Peter, but I like to imagine is the stuff Peter said to Paul in the infamous tiff they had in Antioch that Paul recounts in Galatians 2.
I imagine Peter saying all of these things and Paul countering, “if I build up again the very things that I once tore down,” then what’s the point. Perhaps 1 Peter is just saying “be a better person, even if you suffer for it” in the only context he knows.
If only he knew Paul better, in whom there is no slave or free, male or female, Jew or Gentile.
- What good can you see when you squint hard at First Peter?
- How do you think Peter’s words could have been different if he had known Paul better?