In today's postmodern world, truth is often treated like an item on a restaurant menu – "I'll have a bit of this philosophy, a pinch of that religion, oh, and throw in some New Age science too." The role of Christians in bearing witness to Jesus Christ can sometimes seem like that of a barista in a hipster cafe. Here we have customers who want decaffeinated coffee, there someone asking for plant-based milk, and elsewhere someone who desires their latte to be adorned with an artistic pattern. And us? We have to offer the classic black coffee – the pure message of the Gospel, without any frills or eccentricities
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”“Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John 1, 6-8, 19-28 (NIV)