It is said that if you want to know what a people in a place are,you have to look at the content of their most popular pass times, poems or music. Paul in his famous visit to Athens (Acts 17) strolls through the place and gets distressed as he sees a city riddled with idols. This eventually leads to his famous discourse at the Areopagus before the dilettante philosophers of the day.
So, if Paul strolled in to a modern day metropolis like Sydney, Australia today and looked at the front news papers or sampled their culture what impression would he get? Surely he would be proud of them. Afterall haven’t you heard that even….
A local church’s latest album is outselling those of celebrated pop stars Beyonce and Lady GaGa. Beyonce and Lady Gaga may lay claim to some of the biggest audiences worldwide, but Sydney’s Hillsong Church has bumped off both pop powerhouses to score a top three berth on the ARIA albums chart.
Their latest album God Is Able, released by its own Hillsong Music Australia, to coincide with the annual Hillsong conference, debuted at number three this week, entering ahead of Beyonce’s 4 and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which stand at fourth and fifth respectively.
It is the 10th Christian record to reach the top 10 since 2002. ~Urban Christian News
Surely with the whole nation singing of Paul’s God in the land ‘down under’ this must be a nation on the brink of a revival. Or could it just be that these people too have a form of godliness but deny the power there of?
Would Paul stand on the shores of Sydney harbour and once again lament:
“O Men of [Sydney], I perceive that in every way you are very religious [musicians]. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your [music and worship], I found also [ARIA album charts] with these inscriptions, ‘[Born this Way]’ and [God is Able]. What therefore you worship … this I proclaim to you…that [Australians] should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him….but ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver…The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.”
Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell ~Thomas Watson
On second thoughts maybe Paul would just be bundled up (chased off into New Zealand or Africa) and dismissed as a perennial intolerant seed picker and babbler who needs to catch up with the times.