If John the Baptist were around today, he would not be someone that our culture would be attracted to. Actually, I imagine that people probably weren’t too attracted to him when he was around. I mean, the man walks around in weird clothes, diets on weird foods, and preaches on the theme of “REPENTANCE!”
Face it—we’d all be uncomfortable.
But occasionally in life, a madman like John appears and the anointing is so heavy upon them that we all find ourselves attracted to what they have to say. And sometimes their words have such authority that it even grabs the attention of those in secular society and power:
For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. (Mark 6:18-20)
Herod seems a little mixed up in general. Not only has he stolen and married his sister-in-law, but he soon offers his niece/step-daughter anything she wants because she performed a dance that “pleased” him on his birthday (Mark 6:22-23). My guess is that the kind of dancing he was into wasn’t ballet or tap.
But regardless of Herod’s immorality, how did he react when a holy man called attention to his secular ways? “He was greatly perplexed, and yet heard him gladly.”
Have you ever experienced it? That odd moment where God calls attention to the crap in your life and you embrace it? Where you actually hope He will pour out more conviction upon you?
If not, ask for it. See what He does.
Be wrecked by holy conviction and love. He only gives it because we need it.