Politics! Matthew’s [God’s] Advice with Jesus’ Example
14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 2 and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.
6 On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
(Matthew 14:1-14 –NIV)
From Webster’s Dictionary (Second College Edition)—
The science and art of political government
Factional scheming for power and status within a group
Be careful not just WHO you associate with, but HOW and WHY you associate with them. Matthew 14:9, Matthew 9:10-13, Luke 5:30, Luke 15:2, Luke 19:7
Thoughtful silence, or “alone time” might be correct reactions to a politically charged time or atmosphere. Matthew 14:13, Matthew 27:14, Matthew 7:6
Don’t retreat permanently. Matthew 14:14, Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1-11, 1 Peter 2:13-17