"But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case."
After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus...
At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him.
When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison." - Acts 24:22, 24, 26-27
Paul was in the hands of a politician. Governor Felix was curious about Christianity. His wife was Jewish and the idea that Judaism had been fulfilled in a way that included Gentiles was intriguing. But when Paul talked to him about sin and judgment and repentance, Felix wasn’t ready to go there. Religion was okay in its place but if it meant a change in his lifestyle, he wasn’t interested. His political career was his religion and power and advancement were his gods.
Corrupt, power-hungry, godless Felix kept Paul in prison for two long years, hoping for a bribe, and then left him there to advance his own political career.
Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit had already written to the Christians in Rome, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1). God was about to have Paul demonstrate what He had had him write.
We are called by God to honor those whom God has placed over us. “You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people.” (Acts 23:5)
We are to approach politics, like everything else, in God’s way. It’s probably not what your friends are telling you. Only God’s Word can show us how this is done, and only His Holy Spirit can give us the ability to do this.
Lord Jesus, keep my heart firmly centered on your Word and my words and actions guided, controlled, and empowered by Your Holy Spirit in this area as well as all others. I want to please You, my Lord. Show me the way. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles