For the Christian, our life in this world is a pilgrimage. The terrain is often rough and the residents frequently hostile. And while we certainly "suffer for righteousness' sake," we are also called to do so with unshakeable hope and joy. How is this possible when, at times, it feels like everything is at odds with the values of God's kingdom? How can we resist the lure of a defensive posture on the one hand and the ease of blending in on the other? 1 Peter teaches us how to avoid these common pitfalls, while living faithfully as "a royal priesthood" in order to "proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us."