Friday: 18th May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 25:11-21;
Acts 25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.
It isn’t uncommon for those at top of things to solicit favours from others in order to get what they want, often paying little attention to those who get hurt in this process. This is a common theme in some judicial settings where some with great influence, work behind the scenes to ensure a ‘suspect’ is refused bail, receives a specific judgement or verdict, or something along that line.
Festus found himself face to face with this issue when the elders of the Jews and the Chief priests pushed for a judgement against Paul even without first hearing his defence. It took Festus’ firm resolve and conviction in the Roman standards of: ‘delivering a verdict only after an acceptable defence is offered’ to preserve Paul’s life.
The way this account is rendered in scripture makes it appear as ‘no big deal’ and a rather easy decision to make, but the reality is a different story. To categorically refuse to do a ‘favour’, requested for by people in power, whose help you will most certainly need later on; is a big risk to take. It requires an absolute and unshakeable conviction in those standards and morals on which one stands to make this decision.
Therefore, beloved, regardless of the standards or principles others live by and its influences on us, we need to have standards of our own that we adhere to. For the believer, let’s not forget that this standard is the Word of God, which is our go-to guide at all times.
Remember # if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything.