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Making Things Right

In verses 29-34, Paul and Silas baptize the family of the jailer.

In verses 35-40, Paul takes the system to task.   When he informs the officers that he and Silas were punished without a trial, even though they’re Roman citizens, the leaders are anxious to release them quietly.

This reminds me of discussions we’ve seen during the war on terror concerning the rights of non-American captives.  Are they entitled to the same rights as citizens?  If not, where do we draw the line?  And how does international law fit into this discussion.

It seems that there was no concept of universal rights at the time described in this passage.

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