I Appeal to Caesar

I APPEAL TO CAESAR”

The Apostle Paul was being persecuted for his faith. He was being faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ in his life and in his ministry. The Jews hated him for that and constantly attacked him. Paul was innocent. He answered his accusers, but when they would not listen, he appealed to a higher power. He appealed to the highest earthly of his day and that was Caesar, the dictator of Rome.

Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.

For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.

Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go. Act 25:10-12

Note that Paul was straight forward. He was a roman citizen and knew his rights. He knew he was falsely accused. He was willing to submit to just law. When the local authorities had failed to protect Paul’s civil rights, he appealed to Caesar.

In America we have no Caesar, or dictator. We have the founding documents of our nation. We have the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Those documents are our “Caesar”. There is christian persecution in America today. When the followers of Christ are persecuted, and cannot get justice locally, the example of Paul and they have the right of the First Amendment to petition redress from the U.S. Government. The First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This last clause is too little known in our day “and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” is not nearly as well known as say, freedom of speech. Sadly, all five of the freedoms in this Amendment are abused today, but that is especially lost is the right to petition for redress.

In an excellent article on redress, the author points out that the “The Petition Clause finds its roots in Article 61 of the Magna Carta (1215).  Article 61 provided for the presentation of grievances to the king, and required the king to redress grievances within 40 days or risk rebellion. The Magna Carta’s Right to Petition includes, if the right is abridged, the right to wage whatever war against government needed to get just redress.[3]

http://www.shestokas.com/constitution-educational-series/us-constitutions-first-amendment-right-to-petition-for-redress-of-grievances/

Please read the whole article.

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