Saturday, August 15, 2009

Acts 22:17-29 "I am a Citizen!"

The difference being a citizen makes... Paul is really up against it now. The angry mob wants his life. This crowd has the same spirit (a spirit of pure hatred) that cried out for Jesus to be crucified. And it could well have happened to Paul right here... But Paul has a trump card, not quite a get-out-of-jail-free-card, but enough to grant his bail. He is a citizen of Rome. This fact nearly blows the captain away. "You are a citizen? My goodness, it cost me a hefty sum to buy my citizenship." But Paul's citizenship was his by birth.

Oh, how we today take our privileges for granted! We, like Paul, are citizens of the most powerful nation on earth--the most powerful in human history. Did we purchase it? Not with coin of the realm. Many (not all) of us were born into it. Nothing that we (personally) did earned us the glorious title of Citizen of the United States of America.

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