About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. 2He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. 3After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.)4When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. 5While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him. (Acts 12:1-5, NRSV)
Herod saw that the people liked it when he killed people they didn’t like. So he decided to do it some more to get the people to like him more.
What do we do because we think it will make people like us?
Do we do stuff we wouldn’t do, but because it makes someone look at us or think we are a better person we do it?
Do we do this?
Do you do this?