When you slow down and really dig into the details, the parts of scripture you might normally blow right past can hit you like a brick.
Like how the fact that John the Baptist’s arrest is tucked neatly between the lines about Jesus’ baptism and his setting out to begin his ministry.
There’s no fanfare, no explanation, no slowing down to explain why someone a faithful prophet could get carried away to prison. No stopping to explain the ‘why do bad things happen to good people’ question, even though Jesus later said there was ‘no prophet born among women’ who was greater than John the Baptist.
It was just a brute fact that a faithful servant of God got arrested and — later — killed.
Not for what he did wrong, that might be understandable, but for what he did right. That kind of story really messes with any picture that TV preachers might tell us is waiting for Christians.
But whether we like it or not, it’s reality.
The easy question is why did God let that happen to John the Baptist. But that takes a very superficial and modern American view of history that is far more interested in our comfort than His glory or even the souls of a lost and dying world.
A far more dangerous question would be to ask ‘why don’t see this happening more often today?’
So let’s ask it… and see where the answers will take us.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.