While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was greatly upset because he saw the city was full of idols.
[Acts 17:16 NET]
A believer in God cannot look upon the world’s treatment of holy things without sore pain.
Athens was a city of idols. There were more gods there than men – it was said. It was not easy to confess Christ in Athens, amid such exhibitions of idolatry as were seen everywhere. Yet that was just the place the true God should be proclaimed, and Paul was the only witness God had there.
It is not enough for us to speak for God only where His name is honoured, where all the people are, in a way, His friends. If we do this and then shrink from mentioning His name where all are hostile, we have failed in loyalty.
Paul spoke words at Athens which the people had never heard before. He told of the one God in a place where hundreds of gods were worshipped. He declared God as spiritual and unseen, where all the people worshipped statues they could see.