Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Acts 26:4 - 27:8

It’s so interesting to me that Paul’s persistence in the spread of the gospel earned him the reputation of being insane! Festus seemed to actually think Paul had gone mad. While that certainly would explain how a Pharisee who was known for killing and persecuting Christians had actually converted to Christianity as Paul did Paul was just as certain that he was in his right mind. He was able, in the midst of this confrontation to speak calmly and clearly about his faith in Christ, continuing to attempt to persuade Festus and King Agrippa. What is also astounding is that Agrippa finds no fault in Paul, no reason he should be punished. While King Agrippa was not converted, he at least had something profound to think about.
How do we react when we are accused of being an extremist for the Gospel? Or have we ever been accused? If not, we are probably doing something wrong. People should know by our words and deeds that we are faithful followers of Christ. When people accuse us of being too Christian, are we calm and rational? Do we defend ourselves? Do we defend our faith? How do we react?
The more Festus accused, the more Paul seemed to calm down and seem in his right mind, ultimately making Festus out to be the one insane. Paul was very clear, very lucid. How do we handle confrontations? Do we seem to be insane? Or do the very questions make us realize that others are listening so that we can speak so we can be heard.
I’ve never been arrested for the sake of the Gospel. Frankly, I don’t want to be. I’m thankful that we live in a country where we can believe what we believe. But I also hope that our actions always speak louder than our words and we are able to draw all people to Christ no matter what the circumstance. And, If accused of insanity, be able to handle the situation as Paul did, with calm lucidity in order to show that we are in our right minds so that we give people something to think about and some One to believe in.

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