“Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Peter constantly reminds us that we are the church! That we must take the church as ourselves and live out the church to our neighbors and family. To the people we work with and the people we pass along the streets. We must be the church, not go to church. We must live as the church.
Peter uses the picture of a stone to describe Christ & to imply our own position. If Jesus was rejected, why would we be accepted? If Jesus offended, why should we appease people? If people stumbled at Jesus’ message, should we be surprised that they trip over ours? The answer is no.
God’s grace appears to us as great. It appears as a terror to the unbeliever in an equal magnitude.
I certainly didn’t commit my life to Jesus to “fit in”. If anything (especially these days), being a Christian is much like being a blue line defenseman, getting checked HARD throughout the game without much ability to drop the gloves and enforce (turn the other cheek please). I’m fine with this, I sure don’t want to find out what God’s penalty box is like so I accept the fact that in today’s society, I am one who is looking to be rejected, not going to fit in very well in the world but that’s ok, I know it gets better.