Sunday, November 1st, 2009
"These men that have overturned the inhabited earth are present here also, [and they] act in opposition to the decrees of Caesar." (Acts 17:6, 7)
In the first century, Christians were often the object of misrepresentation, being depicted as evildoers. The words found at Acts 16:20, 21 are typical of such accusations: “These men are disturbing our city very much, . . . and they are publishing customs that it is not lawful for us to take up or practice, seeing we are Romans.” On another occasion, religious opposers tried to incite the city rulers to act against Christ’s followers, as noted in the words of today’s text. The apostle Paul was labeled “a pestilent fellow” and the leader of a sect that was stirring up seditions “throughout the inhabited earth.” (Acts 24:2-5) Accordingly, it does not surprise us that true Christians today have faced gross misrepresentations, malicious slander, and smear campaigns.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/07, 3:5, 6)