“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. (Luke 3:10, NIV)
In Luke’s gospel, we see John the Baptist answering the “so what” questions. Here we see him giving the people the application to go with his exposition.
What should we do?
If you have two shirts, give someone who is naked. If you have more food than you require, give some to a person who is hungry. If you have power, do not abuse it for your own advantage.
John did not limit himself to speaking about God but what we should do. He got into people’s personal business. He said you can judge a person’s heart by what they do with their stuff.
And he did not edit his sermons to please the powerful. Herod’s sexual immorality and “all the the other evil things he had done” came under the prophet’s rebuke. Such preaching landed John in prison. It eventually cost him his head.
Perhaps if they had given him a pulpit and congregation, they could have calmed him down.