This opinion column originally appeared on townhall.com on 12/19/2012.
In the weeks before Christmas, many Christians read about John the Baptist in the Gospel of Luke.
They see that ordinary people came asking John if it was possible for them, too, to prepare the way for the Lord. Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” Soldiers came as well, asking, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”
John told the crowds to share their belongings. But he did not say they could only follow Jesus if they become clerics or gave all their belongings away. That special call may be for some, but the Gospel of salvation is lived in the daily life of ordinary people, in their families, and their businesses.