Luke 3:18-20 ESV
So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.
John the Baptist was locked up in prison for preaching good news. He rubbed Herod the wrong way because he dared to tell the tetrarch what he was: an adulterer.
I’m wondering if there are any John the Baptists today, who are willing to tell anyone, rich or poor, high or low, that they are living in sin? In our society we’re taught to avoid confrontation at any cost. It’s not “polite.”
It’s easy to go to church, quietly read our Bibles, or write Christian blogs. It’s another thing to confront people and warn them of the consequences of sin. John didn’t confront just anyone–he confronted Herod. He paid a high price. He was imrisoned (and eventually beheaded).
Here’s the thing: if Herod had heeded John’s warning it might have saved his soul.
Jude 1:21-23 ESV
Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
What price are we willing to pay to win souls?