4/27: Religious But Lost


As I drive down some of the streets in my city, I am amazed by how many churches I can count. Within 30 blocks there may be almost that many churches – big brick edifices with school and office buildings, medium-sized ones with two stories and fenced-in parking lots, and even storefronts with hand-painted signs proclaiming the church’s name, denominational affiliation, and pastor.

When I travel to other cities in America, I notice much the same thing. At least every few blocks, there’s a church. It would seem obvious, then, that Americans are a very religious people.

The funny thing is, In Acts 17, Paul came to that same conclusion (vs. 22) about the people of Athens, but in their case, it was because the city was “given over to idols…For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing” (verses 16 and 21 NKJ). In fact, in an effort to be sure they covered all their bases, the Athenians even had an altar “To the Unknown God” (vs. 23). Of course, Paul seized the opportunity of that discovery and told them, “…Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you” (verse 23).

Could it be that as in Athens, so in America? The existence of an abundance of churches does not necessarily equate with the residence of God in people’s hearts. Many of those church buildings I see are not a-buzz with constant activity. In fact, most have nothing at all happening in the sanctuary except once or twice a week. Are our churches simply altars to the unknown God, and the members “Athenians” seeking nothing more than attendance in order to tell or to hear some new thing?

Oh that our hearts would truly seek to know God, follow Him, and serve Him.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 27, 2013.

One Response to “4/27: Religious But Lost”

  1. Thank you very much. Corinne Russian

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