I remember when I was younger I always though Peter was such a moron. Acting impulsively, never thinking things through, ready to fight anyone who disagreed with him…. He was like the Dennis Rodman of the disciples. In fact, there were a lot of Biblical characters that I’d read about and think “How are these people so dumb? Cain kills Abel because he’s got a better sacrifice? Noah parties and gets naked? David kills a dude so he can marry his wife? And Peter, (who walked with Jesus for 3 years!) denies that he even knows Jesus? These are people who literally spoke to God and Jesus and yet they were still a mess and made some terrible decisions. I don’t hear from God and Jesus like they did and I’ve got it way more together than them. I would have been a way awesomer Bible superhero.” (My text editor has that red line under “awesomer,” trying to tell me it’s not a real word, but I beg to differ.)
You might not be able to relate, but the older I get, the more I can identify with Peter. I haven’t partied naked or killed anyone (at least it’s never been proven in a court of law), but I’ve come up with my owns ways of ignoring God and denying Jesus in parts of my life.
I used to like that those characters were in the Bible because I was able to judge them and feel better about myself. Now I’m glad they’re in there because it means there’s room for a moron like me too.
I guess I’m a bit more like Dennis Rodman than I thought.