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Monday we celebrate the martyrdom of John the Baptist. He was not killed for preaching the Gospel, per se, but for telling the truth about the king. He was martyred because he dared to apply God's truth to the secular government. He accused the king in public of moral corruption–of marrying his brother's wife and therefore living in adultery. Had he just preached narrowly about Jesus and baptized people he may have lived a long time. But he applied the truth of Jesus and the Gospel to the real world.
It is telling that such a great prophet, greatly loved by Jesus our Lord, should die a martyr's death for speaking out against a political figure in public. This should give us insight into our own day where Christians are the only ones with a clear and sure foundation for morality and truth–as revealed by God in Scripture and in the Church. We should be prophets too, speaking out against the culture of death, immorality and relativism which has taken over our land. We should not be silent as others try to silence and intimidate us . . . and not only us but our pastors and bishops. They need to join us by raising their voices high in
(This picture was taken of our crew setting up to film the sequence of John's martyrdom at the foot of the Macharus Fortress in Jordan where the beheading took place. The fortress was atop the mountain behind us. The map shows the Fortress Machaerus right of the Sea of Galilee. To see this discussed on location, see our DVD “Jesus, the Word Became Flesh.“) To see this picture enlarged, visit our Photo Album, “Biblical & Historical Sites” page 6.
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