So far in this letter, Peter has given us a beautiful definition of our new identity as followers of Jesus. Elect exiles, beloved sojourners, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, people with a heavenly inheritance and a bulletproof living hope. That is who you are, Christian. Now Peter shifts to how this new identity should be lived out in different areas of our lives. This week, he drills down into how we should respond to earthly governments. If there’s anything our independent, American spirit hates most, it’s probably submission in any form. And yet, Peter teaches that submission is actually connected to Christian freedom. Although there may come a time and place for civil disobedience when man’s law conflicts with God’s law, our baseline attitude and response to our governing authorities should be one of honor and submission. We do this for two key reasons: to please our heavenly king, and to proclaim Him to the people of this world.