By Beth Groh
What a contrast.
Athens = rich history, majestic ancient architecture (Acropolis and Parthenon), citadel of Western civilization. That’s one image.
And now, just click on any news channel and you’ll have a stark new image.
Athens = fire, riots, destitute citizens picking through dumpsters searching for scraps of food to survive another day.
What a fall from glory.
This manmade human suffering reveals the cascading logical consequences that befall a nation that lives well beyond its means for way too long.
You certainly can, and should, examine the Greek economic implosion because it is a frightening harbinger of what may await our nation if we don’t abandon a similarly reckless path, with our government borrowing more than 40 cents of every dollar spent.
(Please research the Greek debt dilemma and discuss this with your family as a critical thinking exercise for any similarities with our nation today. )
But let me challenge you to view this Greek crisis with spiritual eyes—and turn to God’s Word.
The Apostle Paul also saw two Athens when he spoke before the Council. (Acts 17: 22-34)
One Athens = flaunting great material wealth with its “objects of worship” in the form of idols crafted to an “unknown” god.
The other Athens = impoverished and dying a spiritual death with a culture worshipping the works of man, not God.
“’In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent,” Paul boldly warned the local elite. “For He has set a day when He will judge with justice by the man He appointed.’” (Acts 17: 30-31).
So did they heed Paul’s warning? Some “sneered” (verse 32) but a few believed.
What about you? What about America?
Will we sneer? Or will we believe? Will we worship the “created” things of this world or the Creator?
Will we view Athens as an omen—or an opportunity to turn away from the selfish ways of man…and towards the selfless ways of God’s saving grace through His Son?