October 10th, 2009
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
The term froward is most often translated as harsh or cruel. It was apparently not the servant’s place to question his master, and he should obey is every command, regardless of whether or not his master is a good, moral person.
Upon reading more of 1 Peter 2, we find that it is suggested that we submit to the government and all laws of the land as well as our masters. The reasoning is that as Jesus was without sin and persecuted nonetheless, we should follow his example. In other words, this passage suggests that we always obey the law and those who have power over us just as Jesus did.
This isn’t entirely true, as he healed people on the Sabbath and used God’s name, both of which were against Jewish law. Where would the world be now if no slave ever rebelled against his master? Where would we be now if we never rebelled against evil tyrants? Indeed, all men are only masters over themselves and are never masters over any other. We know the value of freedom, and we understand that we should fight against injustice. One has to wonder, was this passage actually inspired by God, or was it simply inspired by a political religious institution that sought to control its patrons?