I Peter 1:15-16 NIV says, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy,'”
Priests and pastors are often considered to be holy people. That is fine as far as it goes, but the fact is that the idea of a clergy set apart from the laity for a more holy life is inaccurate. All Christians are called to holy living. Peter addressed the words above to the early believers. Not just to the leadership, but to Christian churches in general. The apostle Paul concurs, writing to the church at Thessalonica, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (I Thess. 4:7 NIV) What does it mean to be holy? The letter of James gives us a short description: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27 NIV) In other words, a life of social responsibility combined with personal piety.