For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. (Acts 17:23 NRSV)
There is an interesting story about the French philosopher, Voltaire. He was visiting London in the year 1727. This was a time of strained relations between France and England. Walking along a street one day he found himself facing an angry crowd of Englishmen. "Hang the Frenchman," they began screaming. Voltaire quickly took advantage of the situation. Taking a couple of steps backward, he called out, "Englishmen! You want to kill me because I am a Frenchman? Am I not punished enough already in not being an Englishman?" The crowd not only applauded; they saw to it that Voltaire got home safely.
Paul used that same kind of strategy with the people of his various missionary journeys. When we start where people are we have the greatest chance of winning them over to Christ.
Dear God, help me to accept other people were they are so I can share your love. Amen.
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