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May 23rd, 2017 by Robin Murray

Reflection: May 21

Acts 17:22-31

Good news! Did you hear that? You are God’s child! We are all God’s children! Listen to the way Paul talks to the people in Athens. In this day and age where politics is full of divisive rhetoric, we could learn a thing or two from this nearly two-thousand-year-old speech. “From one ancestor, God made all nations to inhabit the whole earth.” Forget human divisions of race, nation, class or culture! We all come from the same place. We all were breathed into existence by God and we are all God’s beloved children.

When Paul walked into Athens, he could have walked in quoting the Ten Commandments and spouting condemnations about the idolatrous ways of the Athenians. He could have chastised them for wasting their time and resources in creating expensive shrines, trying to manage a complex system of divine patronage that left them living in fear. Or perhaps, he could have ignored them all and stuck with the familiar – the small Jewish community within the city – and worked on teaching them about Jesus as the long-anticipated Messiah. While Paul did visit the synagogues, he didn’t limit his preaching there.   Instead he went out into the larger community and met them where they were.

Paul preached in the markets where common folk gathered and he also went to the educated elite. The Areopagus mentioned here was (and still is) a large rock outcrop in Athens. People gathered there mostly to hear legal cases of a serious nature, such as murder. Today, we wouldn’t consider a courtroom as an appropriate place for »»

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