Acts 24:14-16 NIV
 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,  and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.  So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
Throughout Paul’s defence he consistently presented his case as being in agreement (for the most part) with those who were accusing him. In effect, Paul was declaring that he believed Jesus was and is the Messiah, the one in who they still hope for. This is the primary difference between those of the Jewish faith and Christians – that Jesus is the promised Messiah. Jews are still waiting for the Messiah and so followers of The Way were considered a ‘sect.’
I’m challenged by how well versed Paul was in engaging both the Jewish and a Roman leaders. It’s no surprise I guess as he was raised as a Pharisee, spoke Greek and Aramaic at the very least and was a Roman citizen. He knew and I understood his audience, and respected the cultures with which he engaged. I need to consider how well versed I am in the cultures I am offering commentary on lest I sprout my opinions in ignorance.
Lord help me understand the culture with which I engage, and give me wisdom in how I speak, act and love in all circumstances, that your truth would be heard above everything else. Amen.