Acts 24:24-27Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favour to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.
Reflection. Did you notice that talking about truth lands Paul under house arrest. He spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. He spoke about justice, self-control and judgement. That was too much for Felix, the Governor. Did you notice how long Paul was held in custody. Did you notice he was held there out of fear, in the hope of money being extorted from him, and to do others 'a favour!'
Speaking truth to power is risky. Speaking truth to power is really necessary in our world today. Our political leaders seem to avoid scrutiny at all costs, and,when found out in wrongdoing prefer to accept dishonesty and law breaking. As Christ's followers, we must call this out. We must point people to Jesus, to justice, to self-control. Are we ready for house arrest?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, please encourage us. By which we mean 'give us courage.' Amen.