Repent! A day of Judgment is coming!
Scripture reading for May 28th: Acts 17
Paul and Silas took the Gospel to Athens, a center of culture and progressive thought. After going to the Jews and reasoning with them in their synagogue, they went to the marketplace and community. There was a meeting place there called the Areopagus where intellectuals and philosophers gathered to discuss the latest new ideas. Paul and Silas were invited to come and present their ‘new ideas’ before this group!
Paul spoke up, “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown, I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth: and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” . . . but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:22-26, 30-31)
Paul proclaimed God as creator and the One who is author of all life. He called these intellectuals to change their thinking–repent! He warned of a coming judgment and told of Christ’s resurrection! This Gospel is needed today in America!