The Christian Connection
By Myra F. Smith
Bible Verse: “This is the voice of one who calls out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord. Make the road straight for him.’”
I’m addicted to The Voice. Week after week, I sit on my couch and listen to the voices of rockers, rappers, country artists, jazz musicians and more. During Jesus’ life on earth, there were many voices speaking for him, but the greatest voice belonged to a rough, wilderness man named John the Baptist. John was a cousin of Jesus’ but the similarities end there. Unlike Jesus’ kind demeanor and forgiving nature, John the Baptist was loud, abusive, and controversial.
John shouted at the “so called religious” group, calling them snakes. He denounced their phony spirituality, told them to give away their possessions, and made enemies. Truthfully, he was an oddball. He lived like an outcast, ate bugs, and screamed at the spiritual leaders about sin. Oh, there’s one more thing we should remember about John. Jesus loved and admired him…this backwoods rebel was one of Jesus’ favorite people.
Who would you appoint to be the voice of God? Would you choose a prophet, minister, lay leader, or saint? Sounds reasonable. Believe it or not, God chose a weird loudmouth who spoke the truth even when it initiated his beheading at the hands of Herod Antipas.
Let’s be careful about categorizing people. It’s entirely possible that Jesus’ choice of friends and followers doesn’t match up to our list. We don’t take kindly to dirty loners who dress funny and pretend to be friends of Jesus. We don’t like those people, but the Bible tells us that Jesus does.