Not everyone believed John the Baptist. In fact, the authorities were quite antagonistic. A group came to challenge him. “They said to him, ‘Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said.’ Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.” (John 1:22-24)
Being a prophet is not an easy calling. It takes grace and courage to speak what you think God wants said, especially if it goes contrary to authority or conventional wisdom. Traditional icons of John the Baptist show him holding his head-a reminder of the cost of standing up against authority. By following God, John was forced to forgo fame and fortune and indeed his life.
Do you have a message to proclaim that might be contrary to authority?