Herod Agrippa II in the Bible is No Different Than Opportunistic Politicians Today
Politics are as relevant today, as they were yesterday. In fact, political figures were told about in the Bible and many of their habits can still be seen today. Learn more about Herod Agrippa II in the Bible. and how we can learn from his mistakes by electing morally upright leaders into office.
- Who was Herod Agrippa II?
- Herod Agrippa's Biggest Flaw
- Why You Don't Want a Opportunistic Politician in Office
- What Now?
- More Content!
Who was Herod Agrippa II?
Herod Agrippa II was the last ruler in the Herod dynasty who ruled from 40 B.C. to 100 A.D., and was the great-grandson of Herod I the Great. He received his education at the Imperial Court in Rome. This would be compared to getting an education at Harvard, in today's terms.
He is found in the Bible starting in Acts 25:13 through Acts 26:32. This passage can be read in its entirety here.
Herod Agrippa II was a mediator between Rome and his territory in the Palestine region. He was also known for his long-standing family tradition of building cities, as well as improving them.
Along with his accomplishments, Herod Agrippa II also had weaknesses. His most notable flaw was his incestuous relationship with his sister, Bernice.
Herod Agrippa II came in contact with Paul of the Bible, as well as Felix, Festus, Peter, and Luke.
Herod Agrippa's Biggest Flaw
While the incestuous relationship with his sister was obviously sinful, this was not Herod Agrippa's biggest flaw.
His biggest mistake was the conscious decision to reject the gospel of salvation, told to him by Paul. Agrippa II instead viewed the gospel as a joke, and was humored that anyone would try to convince him to become a Christian.
Paul wholeheartedly shared his personal testimony of salvation with Herod Agrippa II, found in Acts 26:1-23. This passage can be read in its entirety at the link here.
If you would like to know more about the importance of the Christian's testimony, please read this Wikinut article, Find Out Your Purpose in Life, Part 6: The Power of a Testimony
A lifelong rejection of God and the gospel is known as the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The result of this sin is the worst of all sins, because there is nothing can be done once one dies to gain salvation.
That is why sharing the gospel was so important to Paul in the Bible, and should be important to every Christian. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, and the wages of sin are death.
So we find out that Herod Agrippa's biggest sin was ulitmately the rejection of salvation through Christ Jesus, which God gives freely to any man who listens and believes.
Why You Don't Want a Opportunistic Politician in Office
What is Opportunistic?
The simplest definition I can give you is when a person makes a decision based upon how much he can get out of said decision resulting in either the most popular results or benefits from in the outcome of the decision.
A politician that is opportunistic, does not work for the people, and does not fulfill the goal of representing the people that elected him into office.
Herod Agrippa II was put in a difficult position around 66 A.D., at the time of the Jewish Rebellion. His options were: Side with Rome, or side with the Jews. He chose to place his loyalty with Rome, because he knew they would ultimately win, although he also wished to please his subjects, which were Jews. Herod Agrippa II showed his pragmatism with such choices. This choice was made to push his own agenda, and not the agenda of the people he represented.
The characteristic of being opportunistic can still be seen in today's politicians.
A perfect example of this can be seen in the below video.
This is the practical application part of the article.
We now understand what being opportunistic is, and realize that it is not good for a politician to possess such a quality, how can we prevent ending up with a opportunistic politician in office?
The voter must:
- Look at the track record for the potential candidate
- Did the candidate follow through on previous political promises made?
- Look at the current promises the candidate makes: Are they realistic or too good to be true?
- Does the candidate want to follow God's laws, or does he want to carry out his own agenda?
Make sure that you don't end up buying into the false campaign promises made by politicians, and take careful notice that your values are being upheld before voting for a candidate.
Opportunistic politicians tout their own agenda and even their staff and administration will not be honest with the people they represent. Watch the video below to see what I mean.
Despite many people avoiding politics and religion in conversation, we can't shy away from our morals and values.
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