Compared to other attributes we assign to God, cherishing has received little attention. It’s easily absorbed into the broader category of love. Yet cherishing is a specific kind of love—one the inspires deep commitment.
The recipients of 1 Peter lived far off the grid of Roman power. A people with no social standing, they were deemed unworthy of defending. And yet it is to these people that the letter proclaims lofty praise.
Luke’s report of the church’s economic sharing interrupts our reading of what might otherwise be an easy passage. It might also help us recognize the challenge of those practices that seem so familiar.