Morning: Psalm 97, 99; I Samuel 6:1-16; Acts 5:27-42
Evening: Psalm 94, 95; Luke 21:37-22:13
Those who challenge governments are often arrested, imprisoned, even executed. Jesus, who taught about love, and Peter and John, who followed him, were brought before the authorities charged with stirring up trouble. They had encouraged people to follow the ways of love and justice; this scared the authorities. Governments want people of faith under their ‘protection’ (read ‘thumb’) so they can control the message of faith until it sounds more like the government’s message than a message of love and justice. Religious institutions, concerned about their power, may succumb to such control, but Love will always resist it.