The Government Can Be Our Helper

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 25.

Sometimes the government fights the church and sometimes the government helps the church, protecting her from her enemies. Acts 25 shows the Roman government doing the latter. Paul and his accusers stood before the Roman governor Festus (Acts 25:1–10). Paul finally said, “For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar” (Acts 25:11). Festus granted Paul’s request, “Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, ‘You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!’” (Acts 25:12). Paul’s request, and the granting of it by Festus, saved Paul’s life, at least for a while.

We get negative sometimes about governments, and there are times when we have good reason to do so, but the government often protects and helps the church and we need to use those times and thank God for the government.

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