Do you belong to a group?
Acts 25:12 “After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”
Festus met with a group of Roman citizens who were military or civil servants acting as an advisory board. He met with them to see what they advised.
Who advises you? When you are in the middle of two opposing views, how do you decide? Do you have friends who hold you accountable? The discussion with his board would consist of what the Jewish group wanted and who Paul was and how his citizenship protected him. No doubt the group let Festus know that the Jews could see at least he tried to have Paul sent to Jerusalem but that he was trapped in that he had to send Paul to Caesar.
Western Christianity is so individualistic. We have our own walk with God, we hear God individually and we make decisions alone. But not so in other parts of the world where community is powerful and decisions are made as a group. Perhaps this is the way it should be. Maybe there would be less mistakes made if others advised us.
It is a wise thing to have a group of people who you can confer to on a number of things.