I chose the passage in Acts 17:22-34 where Paul addresses the Areopagus. Due to our studies of the Gospel and the Missio Dei or the mission of God I’ve been able to read this passage with a new perspective. Firstly I’d like to recap the mission of God to clarify my interpretation. The mission of God isn 't to bring us up to heaven and live with Him when we eventually die, but for mankind to dwell with God here on Earth. God hasn’t given up on His initial intention which speaks to His agape or unconditional love. Despite our failure God doesn 't give up, He keeps his promises when we cannot. Firstly the unfailing and uncompromising grace of God is reaffirmed as Paul opens up to the men in the Areopagus, “So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you’” (Acts 17:22-23 ESV).
God doesn 't give up on a humanity who denies that he is the one true God and still wants those who claim idols as gods. Even idols of an unknown god! These men are so lost that they serve a god who doesn 't have a name or identity. People who are willing to fill the empty void of God in their life that a shrine is made to just be safe. That is parallel to some Christians today. They “accept” Jesus on the basis that they’ll be