13 Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 Don’t be conformed to your former desires, those that shaped you when you were ignorant. But, as obedient children, 15 you must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. 16 It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:13-16
What does it really mean to be holy?
I’ve had plenty of friends try really hard to show me what it means. I had one friend who basically spent all his free time completely by himself. He would read and pray. When he wasn’t in his room, he was picking fights with people about their faith and beliefs and mocking the way they lived.
It’s hard for me to see that as holy. He was very isolated, and very lonely. He was also very angry, though I’m not sure he would have realized it. Holiness is about being distinct and “set apart” so that God shines through in our lives. Does he shine when we live in isolation and pick fights in the fleeting moments where we leave it? Where is the love in that?
So often this is what faith turns into. It turns into anger and the need to “be against”. It turns into a holier-than-thou pissing contest. Who benefits from that? Anyone? Did all that time in prayer and “the Word” save my friend? It seems to have just made him rather cranky and difficult to be around.
What other options do we have?