“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 2 Peter 2:15-16 ESV
Clearly, the will of God is that we, as Christians, should do good. He wills these good actions or good deeds or good behavior so that we may “put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” Yes, we are to “live as people who are free,” but we are not to use our “freedom as a cover-up for evil.” Rather we are to live “as servants of God.”
A servant of God does the will of God. The will of God is that we behave in ways which reflect Him. If we do not live in a way that reflects our God, then we fuel “the ignorance of foolish people.” Obviously and unfortunately, we sometimes fuel the ignorance of foolish people, because we do use our “freedom as a cover-up for evil.”
We are to obey those who are in authority over us — in this manner, we prove to them that we are indeed who we say we are: children of God, the Most High. As we show our leaders respect and as we honor the law, we reveal to them the God we serve.
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution.” 2 Peter 2:13
Peter calls upon Christians to obey governors and emperors, masters and parents not for the sake of the human institution, but for the sake of the Lord Himself. In this way, men are not able to speak of us as “evildoers.” Instead, as we honor them, they may very well decide to honor God.