For the most part, the biblical image of John the Baptist isn’t exactly one of “peace.” He’s portrayed as a sort of wild-eyed fanatic railing against the injustices and corruption of his time.
And we all need a wild-eyed fanatic to get us motivated sometimes. But then we also need to take the time to reflect on our anger and to channel it into effective action.
That’s the difference between fanaticism and faith-empowered peace.
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. Luke 3:1-2