The individuals in Peter’s first-century audience living in the area now referred to as Turkey were accustomed to the world forced on them by their Roman conquerors. McKnight believes that they were “aliens and strangers” within the Empire, disenfranchised by the elite who benefited from the Roman system. Before their commitment to Christ, most of Peter’s audience probably lived normal quiet lives, adapting to the Roman occupation, and staying unnoticed by paying their obligations – both taxes and required religious rituals. Their conversion placed them in a more public position opening them to victimization by the dominant cultural groups.
These first-century believers lived in a world of diversity – diverse religions, ethnicity, ethics, native languages, cultures, values, and economic classes. Meanwhile, their world was experiencing relatively safe and rapid travel and an ease of communication via the universally recognized Greek language. As a result many people were quite cosmopolitan – comfortable in their multicultural world.
Today, around the world many people live in countries with diversity – the same diversities found in the first century Roman world, except rather than a universally recognized Greek language we find a widely-recognized English language. Today, we are experiencing relatively safe and increasingly rapid travel and an ease of communication via worldwide communication technology systems. As a result, like the people in the Roman Empire, many today have become quite cosmopolitan.
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