I gotta say… Peter sure knows how to make us get excited about serving the Lord! I mean submit yourself to authority as a slave submits to his master, good stuff!! …
That is a rough rule. It is things like this that make it difficult to understand statements like “Christians use their faith as a crutch.” Because Christianity causes you to go way out of your normal comfort zone and calls you to a love and respect beyond our natural desires.
Why do we do this? Why do we submit (honor or show respect)?
(1) so when others try to bad mouth us, when people slander us, people can look at our lives and see our true character. In this the slanderer is silenced and God is glorified. In case you want to get off easy I want to point out that this even says “slaves submit to your masters.” When this was written most masters were not known for being kind to slaves. So this is saying even if your master, parents, teachers are cruel still submission is the calling of the Christian out of love for God and people. is there a limit to this submission? Only to the degree where submitting to their authority conflicts with your submission to God (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednigo, Daniel, Peter, John, etc). But even in their lack of submission their was a level of respect showed, a understanding that for not submitting consequences were sure to follow. So even in our disobedience we take the consequences due to us… hard, but good.
(2) Because Christ Himself did this. If He is your savior. If He is your Lord. If He is your example then you must emulate Him in all things, not the easy things, because of all that He has done for you.
This is one of the harder ones…