Felix the Republican
He ordered an officer to keep Paul in custody but to give him some freedom and allow his friends to visit him and take care of his needs.
My husband taught on this passage last Sunday at church, and he pointed out how incredibly relevant this passage is today!
It appears that when the Apostle Paul is taken into custody anyway without any evidence or proof of crime that he is at least not hopelessly imprisoned since he is allowed some liberties. But he is still locked up, right?
This is the result of a political person saying one thing and appearing one way but definitely not interested in the true justice of a citizen.
At that point Felix, who was quite familiar with the Way, adjourned the hearing and said, “Wait until Lysias, the garrison commander, arrives. Then I will decide the case.” He ordered an officer to keep Paul in custody but to give him some freedom and allow his friends to visit him and take care of his needs.
A few days later Felix came back with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ Jesus. As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.” He also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he sent for him quite often and talked with him.
After two years went by in this way, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And because Felix wanted to gain favor with the Jewish people, he left Paul in prison.
I feel like I know Felix. As a Republican voter I notice that my party is aware of the Christian’s concerns and that the party is “familiar with the way.” They seem to be entertained by moral and conservative ideas and “listen” but there is NO action year after year. They still claim conservative ideals, but person after person gets elected to Congress and the Senate without any actual change. Why are abortions still being funded when Republicans, who claim to stand with Conservatives, have had control of both houses several times in the last 30 years? These leaders have abandoned us; it’s time to abandon them.
There really is nothing new under the sun! Life has been going on like this the whole time. Only YOU bring real change, so I put my trust in you because putting my trust in any other authority only lets me down. I do pray for the tragic and sinful state of our country. I don’t like my money being spent on things that make me sick, and political corruption has rendered voters powerless. Please continue to protect my family from bad laws and bad decisions and bad officials. Thank you that no matter who sits in any local, state, or federal office, Jesus sits on the throne and definitely has my best interest at heart. I love you and praise you and pray in His name, amen.