Each year it seems to get harder to live as a Christian in our culture. Many institutions that once supported Christian values seem to have now turned against them. More and more if feels like we’re a church in exile. Yet this is not a new phenomenon, actually the more common experience of the people of God in history. First Peter is a letter written to a church facing this same challenge. Yet it encourages engagement, not retreat. It’s not a call so much to confront the culture but to work to undermine it, to subvert it through a selfless service modeled on the sacrifice of Jesus.