The Voice in the Wilderness


There was a man who appeared one day as the country went about its business. He came with a simple message for a people obsessed with distractions, money, trivialities, amusements, and vanities.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Now he was a simple man, dressed in homemade clothes and eating what food he could scavenge. And the people were drawn to him and they were being baptized by him as they confessed their sins.

But when he saw many of the pastors and religious leaders coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Show your true repentance with works; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Christ as our Savior’; for I say to you that from these stones Christ is able to raise up children. The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?” And he would answer and say to them, “Share with those in need. Take care of the poor.” And some venture capitalists also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Act honestly and fairly, do not defraud your clients for your own unseemly gain.” Some police officers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do your job with integrity, show partiality to no one, do not oppress the people or take bribes. Be content with your salary.”

And so he continued to preach until the day he offended the local tyrant and found himself short of one head.

And so it goes…

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