But you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things he has done. The Scriptures say, “Once you were nobody. Now you are God’s people. At one time no one had mercy on you. Now God has treated you with kindness.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
I am not a biblical scholar or theologian. I’m a sociologically oriented social psychologist who studies evangelicalism. And yet even I can notice that there something profound in this passage from First Peter.+
We are a priesthood.+
It doesn’t say, “you will be lead by a priesthood“. The Levitical set-aside was replaced by a remarkably open democratic vision: you all are royal priests. You must testify as to what he has done. Because you are God’s people.+
Too much of our discourse is caught up in various version of celebrity pundits: television commentators, religious bloggers, celebrity pastors, leaders of special interest groups (religious or political), politicians. What binds many of these together is that they deal in certainty. They know where their go-to positions are and will defend those against the go-to positions of opponents. My twitter feed is full of people aligning behind one position or another.+
But you are God’s people. All of you. And you will tell your story. The story that you tell is far less likely to deal in certainty. It is likely to deal in messiness precisely because everyday life is messy.
Read the rest along with some fine work from my AC colleagues at http://www.antiochsession.com/2014/07/14/having-faith-in-the-priesthood-of-believers/