Today, many Americans feel underprivileged.
This stems from a belief that they are economically restricted or even discriminated against.
Yet, if we look to the rest of the world, are really economically restricted or discriminated against?
I have a friend who is serving as a missionary in a remote part of Tazania.
The people that surround them are fortunate, if they are able to a bowl of rice (not 3, a bowl of rice).
There homes are sometype of homemade brick and mortar, often very open air.
Not all, but part of what he is doing is providing theological education, particularly the pastors, but really anybody who desires the training.
The notes that he is giving them is the only resource they have other than their bible.
In a day in which many of us own a mini-library of Christian resources.
This is not to mention the blogs, online journals, and video’s that we have explaining scripture and right doctrine.
We are very privileged as Americans.
- Economically nearly all of us have well beyond what we need.
Just this week Amazon had a new best seller.
The number 1 book sold on Amazon is a book, which is blank on the inside.
How practical is a blank book?
This highlights the excesses that we as American’s often enjoy.
- The only reason we worry about discrimination in America is because we are blessed enough to worry about it.
No one was claiming discrimination in the slums of the 1920s.
Because if you can’t put food on the table, you are not worried about marching in front of the capital.
- As American Christians, we have access to God’s word and helps to aid us in understanding far beyond other people in our own generation, and the farther you go back in the History of the church, than most Christians.
Yet, that is not the primary reason that we all are a privileged generation.
In fact, whether you are like the Christians in Tazania with only a bible, or an American with a mini-library; we all are privileged generation.
How are we all privileged?
Let’s read our text this morning and learned how blessed we are as a people of the Gospel.
Peter makes a reference to the previous section by saying “concerning this salvation”.
There is something you should know about this Gospel.
The Gospel did not start with Christ’s birth and ministry.
It began with ancient promise to Abraham.
Ever since that promise, many promises have been declared by the prophets about who the Christ would be.
As the prophets declared these promises from God, they began to search and enquire who the Christ might be.
We are a privilaged generation because in the New Testament, it is declared who the Christ is.
The Ancient search for the Christ has ended and we are privilaged to know it.
Proposition: We should be thankful for the privilege of the Gospel
Transition: and this text gives us 2 reasons for why we are privileged.
1) The Prophets Diligently Sought the Christ.
(1 Peter 1:10-11)