In a world with so many options which one is the right one? Which door do you pick? This week we have had yet another round of recommendations and requirements given by the government on how to handle the virus situation. In our lives we cling to opinions we respect like they’re life preservers. But which of these opinions are the right ones? Where do we turn? Everything seems so unknown!
This reminds me of a passage in the bible that we talked about on Sunday. It was the account of Paul in Athens. The people made statues for every idea and thought and material thing in the world, and they worshipped these statues. They didn’t want to miss any opportunity to worship and adore these differing idols so they even made one called “to the unknown god.”
This was their attempt to catch all of the additional ideals and opinions of every person that ever gathered in the city. They didn’t care anymore what the right way was as long as every differing way was represented.
Now if we’re being honest, this sounds pretty familiar to our situation today. We may not build an altar and bow down to it, but we sure do give our respect and allegiance to the vast array of opinions around us. The challenge is however that these are just opinions. Why would we worship or bow down or give-in to an opinion.
Ok so before you get all cranky and bent, I can say these are opinions because they are constantly changing. Facts don’t change week to week. Facts don’t continually contradict themselves. And what we have in our world is a series of opinions dressed up as facts that continually contradict themselves.
In our message on Sunday we took time to look at how Paul handled the varying opinions of the people of his day. We looked at his gut reaction. Then we looked at his passion for truth. Finally we addressed how Paul went about explaining the details to the men and women of Athens.
If you’re interested in how Paul handled things, here’s the message cut from this week’s service. I’d love your feedback and thoughts. Also feel free to share how you handle the varying opinions that flood your daily life.