“The butterfly comes from this?!” That something so big, bright and beautiful could come from a fat, brown cocoon never fails to delight my boys with every read of The Hungry Caterpillar. Corinth might well be the cocoon of the ancient world. Given proper context, we should wonder how a budding Christian church could explode from such a sexually immoral, idol-immersed city as Corinth most certainly was.
Acts 18 gives us good indication as to how the Gospel takes root to revolutionize the most unlikely of places. After leaving Athens for Corinth, Paul hears a message from the Lord: “’Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.’ So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God (Acts 18:9-11).” More than criticizing all that is counter-Christian, preaching and teaching the truth of Christ is what will grow Christianity. The explosion of the Church in Corinth is proof that still rings true today. Let us be teachers of truth more than criticizers of all that is not.
What is one way I can teach or show Jesus to a person or place I would usually just criticize?