Christians are called to live by "every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). Too often, however, we are afraid of the consequences. Faithfulness to God can cost us much that we value, including our lives.
It cost John the Baptist his life, as we read in this Sunday's gory gospel. But John knew that truth is its own reward, just as sin is its own punishment (Rom. 1:24-25). John did what God called him to do, including speak truth to power. In this case that meant reminding King Herod his marriage was not lawful.
But God doesn't just decree what's what and walk away. His words are life, His law is love. His own Son died for the truth, and in resurrection found His reward.
Click here to watch the sermon or read the transcript to find out about friendship with God's Son and why, for the sake of this friendship, you'll want to keep your conscience clear.