... where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul. They urgently requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way.
Thoughts for Today:Basically the Jews lied about their motivation and intent to Festus -- they planned to murder Paul along the way. Isn't my previous statement refreshing? How so, you might be wondering: Because it is devoid of baloney. No matter what clever words they used or amount of political pressure applied to Festus -- their intent was to kill Paul.
During the last presidential election, then candidates Senator Barak Obama and Senator John McCain were interviewed by Saddleback Church Pastor, Rick Warren. One of Pastor Warren's questions had to do with the subject of abortion. McCain succinctly answered that babies are entitled to human rights at the point of conception. Senator Obama shouldn't have had much difficulty with the question considering his well-documented pro-abortion stand (except he didn't want to offend the many pro-life supporters in the audience). Rather than clearly stating "I support abortion under these circumstances, within these time parameters, and for these reasons," instead he hemmed and hawed for several minutes and finally finished with the classic -- "the question is above my pay grade." One of the few times I agreed completely with either candidate. So if we are to honestly defer to God as was implied by Senator Obama's response, what would God's position be?
Questions to Ponder:Sometimes we need to clear all the baloney away from an issue and ask, "What is God's position on this?" Unfortunately we don't always like the answer and therein lays the problem. The church Hymn goes, "Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." In what area of your political stance or position on a societal issue do you need to defer to the Lord and simply, Trust and Obey?