For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more.
1 Corinthians 9:19
The people today are more like those whom Paul spoke to on Mars Hill in Athens. Paul said, Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to the unknown god. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you (Acts 17:22–23 NKJV).
Paul’s message was quite different in structure from Peter’s message. Peter was speaking to a biblically literate audience, while Paul was speaking to a biblically illiterate audience.
That’s why it’s a good idea to get to know the people you’re speaking with. It’s a dialogue, not a monologue. Start with compassion because people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.