“Speak an unpopular truth and prepare to be labeled the bad guy.”
~ Malcolm X
Isaiah 40: 3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
3. Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!
4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
The Lord has spoken!”
Growing up reading the above scripture I romanticized and uplifted the fact that John the Baptist was fulfilling his call preparing the way of the one who was coming to save and set the captive free. However, in my adult years and with our troubling political climate I have grown to appreciate the bravery of John the Baptist to speak unpopular truths or in other words speak truth to power. John the Baptist stood alone in the wilderness and preached the coming of a redeemer and baptized marginalized people into a beloved community. John the Baptist message of truth was so unpopular and liberating the powers to be at that time sought to kill him. And even with that knowledge he continued to preach anyhow because telling the truth no matter how unpopular, risky and lonely it was meant more to him than falling in line with popular opinion that perpetuates oppression.
John the Baptist, the social justice activist understood that “those who believe in freedom shall not rest until it comes”. Although the days maybe lonely and the nights long, the truth is what makes us free. Jesus calls us to be a part of his truth telling community. John 14:6 says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Creator except through me.” Christ is calling us to be a part of his truth telling community. Will you answer the call? Let’s take the spirit of John the Baptist and tell the truth even when it’s unpopular and lonely because the truth shall make us all free!
Do you have the courage to tell the truth when it’s unpopular?
In what ways can you be a productive member of the truth telling community?
How can you love someone into the truth telling community?
Christ the truth that makes us free. Thank you for calling us to be a part of your truth telling community. Strengthen us as we take stands on the right side of justice and tell unpopular truths that cause us to sometimes stand by ourselves. Loose the shackles of fear and shame that keep us bound to injustice but give us strength and courage to speak truth to power and stand firm on the foundation in which you have laid. In Jesus name. Amen and Ase!