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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 14, 2018

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MONDAY, May 14

Acts 23:6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead.”

One of Luke’s distinctive arguments is that one could be both a good citizen of Rome and a Christian. Over and over, Luke emphasizes how helpful Roman agents are in mitigating the violence of angry crowds. Luke even goes so far as to say that Paul himself is a Roman citizen, something Paul never claims in his letters. It is as if Luke is going out of his way to assure potential Roman converts that Christianity is not, contrary to rumors, subversive to the empire.

In this, Luke poses a question that all of us must consider today. What is the relationship between our faith as Christians and our roles as citizens? Are the two as compatible today as Luke appears to claim? In what ways do these come into conflict with one another?

MOVING FORWARD: Write a note to the public servant of your choice. Let this person know you are holding him or her in prayer daily.

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 22:30—23:11

PRAY for the Anglican Church of Melanesia

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