Mar 1

The photo is shot of the ancient part of Rome. Seen above, you can get a glimpse of what the Forum could have been in its heyday. It was the center of the spectacles, legal debates, public meetings, religious festivals and more.

This makes me think of the great Robert E. Webber. In his book Who Gets to Narrate the World? Contending the Christian Story in the Age of Rivals he penned the following: “Christians in the Roman world found themselves in a cultural setting of moral decadence, philosophical relativism and religious pluralism. However, they narrated the world in a new way. They did not accommodate the faith to culture but set forth the faith in a countercultural way. In a world that had no set beliefs they proclaimed, ‘We believe.’ In a world that had no ethic, they proclaimed, ‘We behave.’ In a world where there was no belonging, they declared, ‘We belong.'”

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Scripture Reference: Romans 12:2, New Revised Standard Version

Photo Credit: The History Channel

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