Who is boss of you?

Bringing them back, they stood them before the High Council. The Chief Priest said, “Didn’t we give you strict orders not to teach in Jesus’ name? And here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are trying your best to blame us for the death of this man.” Peter and the apostles answered, “It’s necessary to obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, the One you killed by hanging him on a cross. God set him on high at his side, Prince and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven. And we are witnesses to these things. The Holy Spirit, whom God gives to those who obey him, corroborates every detail.” Acts 5:27-32 (The Message)

When people have power, authority, position, we can be afraid of them. I know that if I come into contact with civil authorities I am conscious of their power to affect my life. I am subject to British law, which is a good thing, but I am only subject to the law as far as it does not contradict the requirement on me to be a follower of Jesus.

We live in a privileged society where speaking of faith is not restricted by law. If we wish to preach on the street or witness the love of God to others personally we are free to do so. Does such a liberty make us a little complacent though? Do we assume that people already know, that someone else will tell them, or that our friends will find their way to faith somehow, without our needing to face the embarrasment of telling them? Let this be a warning to us, when we are called to account for our faith, whether by those with powerful positions in society or by any enquiring mind, we are to do so gladly. as the Bible says 1 Peter 3:15 ‘But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect’,

So may we always speak with gentleness and respect when asked to speak of our faith but may we be courageous in making Christ known so that others may experience the immense joy of knowing his saving grace through his sacrificial love. Amen.

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