It’s easy to tell ourselves that we agree with Scripture when it isn’t messing with our expectations. It’s when it flips our world upside down that those convictions really get put to the test.
Like the one about God using the foolish things of this world to shame the wise.
Imagine for a moment that some off-the grid bushman, decked out in clothes thrown together from the pelts of animals he killed himself, maybe with hair down to his waist and a beard to match,
and let’s say bare arms hard enough that he could crack a walnut just by flexing and twigs sticking out of his hair.
If a guy fitting that description wandered out of the woods (or desert, or swamp) outside of your town and started telling whoever might listen that God is pretty pissed off with the way we’ve been living and we need to get right with Him before God really loses His patience with us… would you chalk him up as a nutjob, or would you think he might be the greatest prophet God had ever sent with a message to His covenant people?
Because that’s exactly what John the Baptist would look like if God had dropped him into 21st century America instead of 1st Century Roman-occupied Judea.
Let’s take a closer look at the guy Jesus himself called out with the highest of all commendations, ‘I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist.’
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While you’re at it, here’s Doug’s latest book:
John The Baptist: A Rude Awakening Precedes A Great Awakening.
This timely little tome chronicles the politically incorrect ministry of one of God’s most effective wildmen, John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Christ’s ministry.
The abrasive message of repentance John preached 2000 years ago is still confrontational and offensive today — but it is also life-changing.
In our putrid, worldly culture that has turned away from God, this book is a must-read for every Christian.
Available in paperback for those of you who like the feel of the pages in your hot, little hands, on Kindle to keep it right at your fingertips, and as an epic Audiobook.