“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.” What other group freely admits that their lives, their philosophy, all that they are or ever hope to be are built upon a foundation, the cornerstone of which cannot be seen? The peculiarity is not so much that we build upon this cornerstone, but that we profess to perceive its presence and that we prove its reality in the solid construction of our temple.
The world lives by faith, but never will admit it. People have faith in every sort of natural law and systematic procedure, yet they cannot perceive the basis or foundation of the world in which they believe. Science can only speculate when asked what is larger than the universe and smaller than the atom. They can offer only vague conjecture as to why birds fly south in winter and babes know how to breathe when they are born.
We are a peculiar people because we are rational about our world. By faith, we see that the worlds were framed by the Word of God so that things which are seen are made of things which do not appear. By faith, we lay hold upon the One Who did it. “Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious” (1 Peter 2:7).
Our lives become either a foundation upon which others can build or a stone across which they stumble. We are a peculiar people; that we should show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.