(Acts 17:22-34) – Communicating truth to a certain culture.
Imagine this picture….there is a giant circle, and every unsaved person on earth is inside that circle.
Each person is looking outward in a different direction, and the direction they are looking is determined by their worldview.
For example, buddhists looking north, atheists looking south, Hindus looking east, etc.
Christians are not in the circle because they’ve been saved from the circle. Not by looking outward, but by looking upward.
And now, we cannot re-enter the circle, but we can speak to the people in the circle.
Our goal is to get people to look up and find truth!
The thing that makes the most sense for us is to go to where someone is looking and communicate at that portion of the circle. If the Jews are looking west, then go to the west part of the circle and tell them to look up!
It makes little sense to stay on the east side and try to scream across the circle to get them to turn around.
The Gospel can meet people where they are. It’s our job to figure out how the Gospel can best (and most effectively) enter into a person’s thought process and deliver it accordingly.
I believe that this is what we see Paul doing here. He studied the Athenian worldview, and figured out how the Gospel could best meet them where they were, and He preached!
He didn’t preach to Greeks like they were Jews, or to Jews like they were Barbarians. He spoke in a way that would make sense in their context to achieve maximum impact.
Sounds like a good plan!