I've seen lots of angry Christians on television in the past week. One late-night comedian said, "They're tired of being the persecuted majority, and they're not going to take it any longer!" The ironies are too great. We can hardly understand the New Testament when we live with a "persecuted majority" complex where we're mad at people all the time. As the church's influence continues to decline, some will just continue to be apoplectic. Others, perhaps, will return to founding documents like 1 Peter. There we're told to expect persecution -- especially since we follow one who was crucified. "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly." Peter encourages Christ-followers to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in them -- but with GENTLENESS and RESPECT for those who aren't (yet) believers. He tells women who have unbelieving husbands that the key isn't to nag them into the kingdom but to live with beauty--the beauty of GENTLE spirits. Right now many don't accept our status as "aliens and strangers" in this world.