What We Need To Do In A Culture Gone Wild

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So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” — Acts 17:22-31

What Paul does here is quite cunning. He doesn’t get drawn into a debate with the Athenians about their gods, even though he is irritated with their activities. Instead, he turns to a single observation — that they want to understand the unknown. And in doing so, he avoids the peripheral issues, behaviors, and practices of their idol worship. He focuses his speech on what makes his God, the God of all gods, so appealing.

I think we could all take a lesson from Paul today, especially in a culture that’s so frustrating. Because you need to know that in this crazy time we live, I have had many moments I have been frustrated. And in my frustration, I get sucked into emotional debates that focus on arguing about something that usually does not matter. Thus I find myself caught up in these divisive arguments that do not address real issues nor real needs. And when this happens, I tend to focus only on “my frustrations” and “my solutions,” and therefore, I miss seeing the real issue and God’s solution that is much better than my solution in the first place.

So today, if you are frustrated as you look around at a culture gone wild, remember you were not the first to experience this. I believe Paul went through a similar experience as he walked into Athens. And he, like you and I, need to remember — God is still God of this crazy world. And we need to keep pointing people to God. He is still the solution. We are not!

ASK THIS: What is driving you crazy about our world right now? (Confess it below if you dare).

DO THIS: Focus on God, the real needs of people, and God’s solutions.

PRAY THIS: God, as I watch this world get crazier by the minute. Help me to stay focused on you and point people always an only to you. Amen.

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What We Need To Do In A Culture Gone Wild

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15 thoughts on “What We Need To Do In A Culture Gone Wild

  1. Nick says:

    I am by no means a profit, but it is so clear to see the shadow of the serpent creep along and overtake and corrupt what we hold dear. It is heartbreaking to see history repeat itself over again right in front of us, and all we can think about is ourselves and not our God who holds the power to save us.
    Give us your wisdom and strength to resist this world Lord God.

  2. Cory B says:

    The sense of entitlement and not putting others first. I confess I was in this same crowd, especially growing up. What we dislike most in others is usually what we dislike most about ourselves deep down in our heart.

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  3. Trent says:

    The direction and condition of our work force. To be more specific the general laziness of our young people and desire to be handed everything. I need to try to pass on what advice and wisdom that has been given me, and taught to me through experience, by God and who or what they turn out to be is between them and God. I cannot “fix” or “change” or “force” anyone, even my own kids, to be what I think they should be. Father, may I be bold in passing on your word and wisdom and humble enough not to think I have it all figured out.

  4. David J says:

    This whole Lgbtq, transgender balony is driving me crazy. I can think of many other things that we as a nation should be focused on.
    Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

    Proverbs 30:5-6
    “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.”

    God help us all to stay focused on your word, the truth.
    Amen

  5. Darrell Holden says:

    As God was pointing me towards being a missionary I participated in a week long medical mission trip in the country that I now have been serving as a missionary for seven years. During this trip our team leader had us attend a local church. When the church services was over we were assigned some local church members and a translator to go around the community and knock on doors and witness to the community. During one of these visits we met an elderly who actually read her Catholic Bible. As we were talking to her she said, “we were trying to take away her Catholic Religion”. I noticed behind me a picture on her wall of the Lord’s supper and asked her who the men were in the picture? She said, ” they were Jesus’s brothers. I asked her if she met they were biological brothers and she said, “yes”. I said please read Mathew 10: 1-4, Luke 6:12-16, and Mark 14: 22-25. After she was done reading she stated, “I did not know they were not His real brothers. I said, but we all are brothers in Christ including them. When we accept Christ as our personal savior. She accepted Christ that day.

  6. Andy says:

    Lord I am thankful for the opportunities you give me each day to interact with those you love. Help me to love the ones who don’t love you yet, with the depth and commitment that you do. Don’t let me give up on them. Give me the wisdom and character to be effective and productive for Your Name sake.

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  7. Roger says:

    With so many things in this world that have the ability to drive you crazy, why not focus on the one thing that can give you peace. We can allow the many things to drive us mad or we can choose the”One” that simplifies our lives, and that is Christ! Imagine too, the voice of the Holy Spirit whispering to Paul as he came across the “unknown God” saying “just use this Paul”. Don’t you love the way God works?

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  8. Kevin Allex says:

    To be honest, what isn’t driving me crazy in this world today. We live in a society that is trying to remove God from everything.
    God created man and woman in his image., two genders. Today there are more gender identities than I can count.
    I had A LOT more examples typed up, but deleted and decided to leave with this.

    Satan is trying to separate and steal as many of us away from God as he can, BUT hold strong to Gods word, because satan HAS been DEFEATED and one day Jesus will return!! Amen!!!

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  9. Steve George says:

    I have a hard time believing in a godless administration’s solution to a man made virus is a man made medicine that doesn’t keep people from getting it. Some trust in chariots and some in horses……

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  10. Jack Dellinger says:

    I am frustrated with believers who are so focused on getting back to the way we were, “normal” is what they call it. I believe with every crisis God gives us an opportunity for a new level of intimacy. The world has perverted this into “never let a crisis go to waste”. Which usually means how can the world gain more control over our behavior through crisis management. Intimacy with God, though Jesus and the Holy Spirit, is how our own behavior gets changed….and for the better!

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  11. [email protected] says:

    It seems as though there is no common sense, ethical or moral compass or reality but pie in the sky and anything goes – which in turn draws us closer to God and His righteousness and what we as believers can and should do

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  12. Art Landerman says:

    stay focused on following the word of God and it’s precepts, even if it costs you your son daughter mother father and friend.

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