stranger

Dear friends, I urge you,
      as aliens
      and strangers in the world,
to abstain from sinful desires,
    which war against your soul. 

12 Live such good lives among the pagans that,
      though they accuse you of doing wrong,
      they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 

13 ¶ Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake
to every authority instituted among men:
      whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 
     14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 
16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 
17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love