Acts 17:16-18 reads as follows:
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
I am one to be very aware and confident that the Holy Spirit is to rule and run my life. Too many times we steer away from discussing the Holy Spirit because of fear. This is especially so with the fear of disagreement between others. I am not looking to cause division. Instead, my goal is solely to lift up The Lord. The Father and Son are in Heaven and we as believers have the Holy Spirit within us. There is so much power just waiting to be triggered to act and cause a difference in our lives. Despite this truth, we often remain unaware of it.
Idolatry is all around us
The world we live in today is filled with idolatry and it’s all around us. I know I can find myself being quite stirred when considering all the false teaching around us. Still, we need to understand that Paul is not saying go and act ungodly among the lost. When we feel the Spirit causing us to stand up for truth, we need to obey and allow the TRUTH to be said. When the TRUTH is shared in love it is so powerful. Truth is able to split even some of the hardest of men when God does the convicting.
Too many people want to take the sledge hammer and cause destruction in the name of justice or freedom. We as Christians are free indeed, but always remember we are bought with a price and that price is Jesus Christ. So choose to pray now and ask God to reveal within you any wickedness that is unpleasing to Him. Choose now to be the living sacrifice God needs His people to be. Light shines so bright when everything around that light is so dark, as it is today in the world we live in.