Cultural Engagement Acts 17
Engage from a Heart of Compassion
Paul cared about people–even when their beliefs seemed a world away from his Jewish background. Seeing a city full of idols “greatly distressed” him, especially knowing how God dealt with his own people’s idolatry in the past.
Like Jesus, his engagement was all about compassion. How often is compassion on our hearts and minds when we seek to engage the culture?
Prepare for Insults and Interest
It’s no surprise that rejection comes with the territory for ambassadors of Christ.
We can’t know how God might use our conversations in the spiritual journeys of people who will eventually come to faith.
Don’t give up on your friends, family or co-workers! After all, persuasion often happens incrementally. Gently inviting your skeptical friend into the next conversation can be a step in the right direction.
Be a Wise, Respectful Challenger
In Athens, Paul spoke to a diverse people representing a variety of religious backgrounds. But he approached the conversation this way: “What you worship without knowing it, this I proclaim to you”.
✨A countercultural part of this kind of engagement is helping people to think differently from the views of the prevailing culture, and consider the claims of Christ.
Paul’s time in Athens can teach us simple lessons on engaging the culture as an ambassador of Jesus—caring about people with a tone of compassion, being prepared for interest alongside rejection, and wisely navigating spiritual conversations.
✍️🍅Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🍅✍️