Sunday, December 13, 2015

Process, short-circuited

After Acts 25:1-12

Guilty of nothing but
false accusations, he moves
from official to official,
court to court, this one hoping
for a bribe, that one hoping
for entertainment, another hoping
for it all to disappear, to go away
into the background noise
of the marketplace. But he persists,
until his appeal, the appeal of a citizen
to the justice of the first citizen,
Relieved at this short-circuitry
of what they believe is a just process,
they pack him off, ensuring the message
from the provinces would travel
and be heard at the center.

Illustration: Paul appeals to Caesar, via Outset Ministry.

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