Happy Monday Friends!
Make sure you check out yesterday’s blog, and record a few comments on your 2009 New Years Resolutions!
Over the past few mornings I’ve noticed a few things about John the Baptist while reading in the New Testament. Here are a few clips from the book of Mark 1:4-6…
“This messenger was John the Baptist. He lived in the wilderness and as preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had turned from their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. People from Jerusalem and from all over Judea traveled out into the wilderness to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. His clothes were woven from camel hair, and he wore a leather belt; his food was locust and wild honey.”
In today’s world of tolerance, people like John the Baptist are labeled as haters. His message was way too strong for the people of his day… not deluded enough for many of them to desire it. He was fearless in the face of his persecutors. His presentation style was not “rockstar” at all. He would not have been considered culturally relevant… was not a trained entertainer. He spoke raw truth straight from the Gods mouth. John was Gods prophet preparing the way for the earthly ministry of Jesus, the savor of the world!
John was despised far more than he was cherished. He was only “popular” because he was so controversial. Sinful people gnashed their teeth at John right up until the moment they chopped off his head to shut him up. Despised of many humans… yet Jesus testified of John, that there was no prophet to ever walk the earth who was greater than him!
When I read about John, I acknowledge how political correctness has domesticated the prophets of this hour… so much that we really have no voice… no influence in today’s world! So many of us have become far too NORMAL… we fit in to our godless setting so perfectly… and nobody is really hearing our messages anymore. I wonder what would happen if the prophets of our day became like the prophets of old… not fearful of anyone or anything except the God to whom they belong.
I long for a day when every Christian breaks off the chains of their domestication… and runs wild again! A time when society is turned upside down again! A time when we are heard, and appreciated because of the power of our undiluted message… a message that has the ability to fix the very real problems of our day!
Wow… that’s a heavy message for Christmas vacation huh? Call me strange… but I love the passion it stirs! Have a super day… chat with you tomorrow!