The Unknown God
In Acts 17, Paul addresses people who worshipped what they called “the unknown god.” That probably would not describe most of us today. It’s more likely in our culture that, instead of intentionally worshipping a god we don’t know, we instead don’t know the god we unintentionally worship. We are maybe unaware that we are even worshipping something, and can’t even identify the person or thing that drives our priorities. So do you have an unknown god? That’s not a fair question, because if you did, by definition, you would not know it. So do you have an unknown god? Let’s talk about it.
Our daily reading plan has led us to the book of Acts. The author of the book of Acts is the historian Luke, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to recount not only the accurate details of Jesus’ life in the gospel of Luke, but also the historical account of the birth of the Church in the book of Acts. The book of Acts is sometimes thought to be named so because it is the “acts” of the Apostles, or the acts of the early church. Another way of thinking about it is to see the book as a record of the “acts” of the Holy Spirit -- poured out on Pentecost and filling new baptized believers who spread the the good news of the resurrected Christ in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ultimately to the ends of the earth. There are twenty-nine chapters in the book, but Acts 29 and beyond is still being written today through the lives of all believers today.