As Australia continues to spiral into a truly secular nation it is becoming harder and harder to make a stand for the cause of Christ. We live in a very skeptical world indeed and Australia has been caught up in its snare. Some of the great truths of the Christian faith are now being challenged and compromised by people who should know better. Sadly, many churches in seeking to be relevant in this skeptical world, are walking away from the essential truths and teachings of Scripture. We often feel weak and timid when it comes to proclaiming our faith. Could we have it all wrong? Could we be a little too ‘extreme’ in holding on to the great doctrines of the Bible that includes God’s sovereign rule, God’s holiness and man’s depravity, God’s way of salvation through Jesus, the call for Christians to carry their cross daily and Jesus’ imminent return to rule in majesty.
How do we make a stand when it is so difficult to confess that we are followers of Christ? Peter knew what it meant to openly confess to be a follower of Jesus. He failed dismally initially and his failure has been recorded for all to see. Yet, in time Peter grew in faith and courage. He knew what he had seen and heard. His life was transformed as he realized just who Jesus was and what Jesus had requested him to do. But it was hard work. He was like a ‘fish swimming upstream against a strong current’.
Peter wrote his second letter to encourage Christians just like us – sometimes timid, weak and feeling very much in the minority. Peter seeks to spur us on in remembering just who Jesus is and what He came to do. He wants us not to forget and be reassured of what God has achieved for us through Jesus and the impacts that this has on our lives. He wants us to keep trusting in Jesus no matter what may be said and taught in opposition to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It may no longer be fashionable to follow Jesus and live lives that are in submission to Him and His word. Nevertheless, Peter urges us to do exactly this and to remember what God has done for us! And when times of opposition come our way we are to stand firm and to move forward by adding to our faith such things as goodness, self-control, knowledge, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. These actions will keep us strong in this secular and skeptical world we presently live in!