In Matthew 11:11, Jesus said that there wasn’t one born among women that is greater than John the Baptist. When you think it about it, in terms of our culture and even in terms of his culture, John the Baptist was out there. He lived in the desert and ate bugs. He didn’t wear the latest fashions, but preferred a coat of camel’s hair. Talk about itchy! Yet in the estimation of Jesus, he was the greatest.
It made me think of how easily we could judge someone who we would consider weird or outside of cultural norm. As believers, maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to discount the people we might call “weirdos.” We might find ourselves in opposition to what God thinks. Those we consider strange or weird because of their lack of culture or social graces, may be great in the kingdom of God.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many people out there that are not Godly, but they are just plain weird. That’s not what I’m talking about. I think about the faithful brothers living for Jesus in the hard places of the Earth, persecuted for being a “weird” Christian, faithfully doing the will of God, and never tasting of fame, power, prestige, or wealth. I think of no one in the West ever knowing about them, but all of heaven standing at attention when they speak. I think about the “weird” little man that was on the video below that faithfully handed out tracts on a street in Australia and almost died not knowing if any of his work for the Lord was done in vain or not, yet he was found faithful.
I’m starting to think that part of “not being ashamed of the Gospel” is not being ashamed to call God’s “weirdos” friends.