Luke 3: 20 “But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.
Not many like being told they are wrong.
We are not wired to correction.
Some raise their voices louder than the voice that is correcting.
And some lash out like Herod did.
Ponder: When was the last time you were corrected? Who did that correction? How did you feel?
Luke could think of no greater evil than to reject the messenger of God.
For Luke, he leaves John in prison and moves to Jesus revealing how the messenger can be silenced but not the message.
Jesus took the baton and became the message and in a few years Herod would do the same thing and get rid of this King of the Jews. But Herod was wrong because the message continued to live and lives in new messengers today.
What drove Bonhoeffer to return to Germany to try and topple Hitler’s extermination of the Jews? It was this famous quote he gave: “If I sit next to a madman as he drives a car into a group of innocent bystanders, I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe, then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.”
What would you do if you truly felt convicted about something? Would you try and correct the wrong? Would you be prepared to risk your life to bring that correction?