PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Idols in AthensTim Savage
16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. Acts 14
In the morning as I drive the kids to school my daughter will continually surf through several radio stations in order to find “her” music. She is careful to avoid music or topics that I might find offensive. Sometimes after the kids are dropped off I’ll continue to listen to the station in order to see what really goes on in “Athens.” Like Paul, I am sometimes troubled by the language or conversations I hear. This morning during a routinely provocative topic, many callers voiced their opinions, some good, some not so good. I was surprised, no shocked, to hear a normal sounding guy call in to give a Christ-centered, God-loving answer to the DJs question. Wow.
Sometimes I deliberately put myself in Athens so I can see what the real world faces each day. I have to leave the ivory tower of my Christian office and my vibrant church to experience the idols that surround my children, my family, friends and neighbors. Often I’m troubled at the declining morals of society, so different than even just 10 or 20 years ago. This morning I was so encouraged by this brave caller. I was impressed and thankful that he was in the world, but not of the world. He didn’t come across as judgmental or crazy, but clearly spoke truth to all of us listening. I want to continually be able to speak truth in relevant ways. I want to have a voice that people will hear and listen to, in a world that gets darker every day.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for that brave caller this morning. Thank You for the inspiration that he brought me and for the truth that he spoke to those who needed to hear it. May I be as brave and relevant. In Jesus name, Amen