The city of Athens was engrossed in idolatry when Paul visited. Paul was consumed with compassion for the people of Athens, so he did not condemn or ridicule them, but engaged the culture with the truth of Christ. Alistair Begg encourages us to view our communities with the compassion of Paul while clinging steadfastly to the truth of the Gospel.
16Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
16Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!”
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