Acts 24:1-9

Today’s devotion is the third of three written by Debby Manuel.

Today in Acts 24:1-9 Paul is before the Roman governor, Felix, who has decided he does have jurisdiction over this case. Paul is portrayed as a political threat, an agitator, by the attorney Terrullus. Acts 24:5 “We have found this man to be a troublemaker who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the empire.” In these verses Terrullus presents his case.

The question I find in this scripture is the one you may wrestle with too. How can we separate our faith from everyday life as was portrayed by the attorney? It should not be a question. We cannot. Paul did not but he is perceived as having different goals for his actions than he had. We as Christians live our faith in the world. Do we leave it at the church door on Sundays? How are we perceived in our daily lives in our communities? Does our faith show in all we do?

As John Lewis said, “My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, Say something! Do something! Get in trouble! Good trouble! Necessary trouble!”

Are we brave enough to be a threat when it helps “take back the world for God”?

What are your thoughts comments, questions?

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