In our city and in our country protests have been taking place that are tinged with “rights” language, including the right for churches to hold gatherings. But a few thousand years earlier a different scene played out that also concerned the state and religion.
Paul and Silas and the other Christians have disrupted the stability of the state and are accused of seditious behavior. While they’re not trying to overthrow the government, their acts are truly revolutionary.
We are a church that looks with ambivalence at the powers of this world. Unlike the protesters downtown, our revolutionary acts won’t come about because we assert our constitutional freedoms, as precious as those are. The reign of God isn’t bound to mastery of the world of forcing submission through elections, or military power or guns. We believe in a sedition of love. A sedition of love that undermines death. It is here that we will find life.