- being the best we can be,
- finding our true purpose in life,
- and making a difference in our families and the world
But then… I am sobered, by the verses immediately before verse 4:
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody…
Back in the day… reaching out to people with the Christian message landed people in jail… or worse! Why? Well, the short answer is that encouraging people to trust in the power and destiny of God upset the status quo… it made people think twice about putting their trust in politics, institutions, and culture. And if we look around us today we see not much has changed: politics, institutions, and culture still command our allegiance over and against being the most faithful, truthful, and healthy people we can be.