Despite what we are seeing in the culture, revolution is NOT the answer. It’s revelation. It’s understanding what our gods are, what is behind our idolatry, and how Jesus corrects our faulty view of God and shows us His beauty instead.
Question then? How do you move people from revolution to revelation? Relationship. Paul builds a bridge so Jesus can eventually walk over it into your life.
In Acts 17, Paul takes the Athenians through the whole Bible: creation, resurrection, judgment, but he never quotes it. While doing so, he addresses two things:
A Common Fear – God Isn’t Good (but Paul Says He is)
Our Common Groping’s – Invalid Approaches to God (Paul said to Stop Searching)
You could say we are defined by our searches. What does your data trail say about you? Where does the search you are on lead?
We have disordered loves. It’s called idolatry. It’s not some crude statue in a distant country. It’s a sophisticated approach to justify my gods.
What disappoints you (disproportionate disappointment)?
What do you complain about the most (its what really matters)?
Where do you make financial sacrifices (where does your money go)?
What worries you (your job, you health)?
Where is your sanctuary (where do you go when you’re in - HALTSD)?
What infuriates you (makes you crazy)?
What are your dreams (to give God glory)
Set aside God’s competition, set your affection on Him, and see what happens.