November 24 - Why the Roman Emperors went after Christians

Using the ancient lost city of Colossae as an example, Father Jonathan reminds us that we are rescued from the kingdom of mankind's darkness and "transferred" to the kingdom of God as manifest in Jesus.

Ancient Christians knew this and practiced it from time to time by refusing to worship the state. They suffered for it. The Romans saw it as sedition. It continues to this day.

Human intelligence, creativity, industriousness and organized societies are gifts of God. We have God-given powers to reason, create and prosper. We must rise above the Conservative (uphold), Revolutionary (condemn), and Reform (transform) schools and constantly remind ourselves: What powers do I have? How did I obtain these powers? In Who's interest am I serving? To whom am I accountable? How can Christ have first place in all that I do?