Peter and John get harassed…

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Acts 4:1 While Peter and John were speaking to the people (after having healed a man who could not walk), the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, 2 much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. 3 So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand. 5 The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. 

Peter and John get harassed by the religious authorities because they, as simple fishermen from out in the sticks, do not have the appropriate training to teach the faith. Not only that, the very large crowds are watching them perform miracles, listening to their teaching about Jesus, and becoming part of the Christian community. Where do these simpletons get off?!

Too often I see the modern church do something similar. The church can run off quality leaders because, according to the powers that be, they don’t have the right training/education/background. Yet God chooses to move through them. We need them. This morning I wonder how church hierarchy can get out of the way so gifted people can do their thing for Jesus. Kyrie eleison…

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