Courtesy of Leonard G. via Wikipedia Commons

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?


About frontlinemama

I am a mom who is passionate about equipping moms and parents to help their children through the challenging times we live in today.

2 responses »

  1. guestmama says:

    You are so right that the Greek people have a resilient spirit and a deep
    grounding in Christian faith. That’s not the point of this post and it certainly
    was not meant in anyway as a commentary on the Greek people. The suffering on
    display for the world now in Greece should be a rallying cry for others to offer
    aid and basic necessities–out of both human decency and Christian compassion.

    The point of this post, rather, was to highlight how over the span of history
    the city of Athens has become a symbol for the affairs of man. Paul noted in his
    day that he saw a spiritual void in the culture in those days. Now, sadly, the
    suffering in Greece in particular can remind all people of their human frailty.
    The tragic tale of how this economy has imploded should serve as a wake-up call
    for other nations to find any and all means to avoid that same fate.

    Years ago, my husband and I were blessed to journey to Crete, Santorini and see
    Athens. The Greek people are undoubtedly among the most warm and caring people
    I’ve ever encountered. That’s why their suffering now is so tragic.

  2. Greece is a very religious, 98% Christian country. I lived on an island , population 600, with over 350 churches. So I’m not really sure I get your point. What the people on my street here in Greece need isn’t God, it’s a few cups of rice or dried beans.

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