One Roman leader, Felix, kept Paul as a prisoner and when that politician’s time ended, he left Paul for the next leader, Festus. He did not know what to do. Luke wrote this about it, “And after some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus. When they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying:
‘There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix, about whom the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, when I was in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him’” (Acts 25:13-15).
Festus hoped that Agrippa could provide insight on what to do with Paul.
Governments throughout the world act like that toward the church. They often do not know what to do with it. Is it a problem or a help? When governments see the church as a good thing, wonderful things happen. When governments see the church as a problem, the government tries to silence the church one way or another.
Then we can only present our case before people and hope that they will listen objectively.