In this passage, we see three reactions to the gospel.
One is persecution, like the Jews persecuted Paul.
The second is people thinking we’re crazy, as Festus thought of Paul.
The third is a patronizing attitude toward us and the gospel, as Herod had. An attitude that looks upon us as naive children for believing such a thing.
And yet, Paul continued to speak. Why? I think we see the reason in I Corinthians chapter 5. Paul wrote,
If we are out of our mind (as Festus contended), it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind (as Paul asserted), it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. (13-14)
Why did Paul speak? Because he was convinced in his heart that Christ loved us so much that he died on the cross, taking the punishment for our sins. And the love of Christ that had touched him now compelled him to share that news with others, no matter what they thought of him.
And that’s the attitude that we should have. If we truly believe that Jesus died for us, and if we have been truly touched by his love, that love should drive us to share the gospel with those around us that they too may receive the same gift of life that we have.
Some may persecute us. Some may think we’re crazy. Some may look on us patronizingly. But does the love of Christ drive you to share the gospel with them anyway?