Love the Truth
There is a culture that is desperately in need of the Truth even though it rejects the Truth.
Herod loved Pleasure
- He embodied the credo: if it feels good, do it.
- Part of the Problem: the need for ever-increasing pleasure to feel good.
- Anyone can move from “I want” to “I need” to “I’m entitled to,” especially those with power or clout.
Herod loved Status
- He had exposure without examination – there was no intention of changing.
- He threw a party for himself so others would come and celebrate him.
Herod loved Approval
- The applause of the crowd affected him more than the sorrow he felt.
- This kind of sorrow is worldly and leads to death (2 Cor. 7.10).
- The need for approval and brutality are often companions.
John loved the Truth. How do we know?
- John was clear on who he was and who God is.
- No one suffers for something they know to be a lie.
- No one endures in suffering if they are not convinced of the Truth.
- John’s moral claims are challenged today by those who protect and promote immorality, punishing those who speak against it.
- Herod knew John’s life and words to be authentic.
- Herod feared John because of the accompanying authority.
- John spoke the Truth consistently, whenever he had an audience.
- Some will reject it outright.
- Some will grow from it (Eph. 4.15).
- Some will develop an appetite because of it.