Read Acts 12 today.

This chapter includes the story of Peter’s imprisonment by Herod Agrippa. Peter’s rescue by the angels seems to be the prominent storyline of the chapter, but I read over the sections specifically related to Herod several times.
I find the apparent ease with which Herod could rationalize killing or imprisoning people for his own personal political purposes troubling. Although I would hope we have progressed to where that does not happen today, I know such hope is naive. Human nature has not changed in the last 2000 years. The influence of personal advantage and peer pressure remain strong in us. All of us.
We may not be tempted to, or have the opportunity to, kill or imprison someone today, but I suspect we may have the opportunity to treat someone as if they are invisible and do not matter. May I go through this day seeing and valuing every person I meet, not merely those for whom doing so is to my advantage.
Acts 12:1-3 NLT
About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. [2] He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. [3] When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.)