There was something about John Chrysostom and the words he spoke that lit up his world.
He was an important leader of the early church, known so much for his preaching and public speaking that he was given the nickname Golden Mouth. He spoke his mind and followed his convictions. He refused to host the lavish social gatherings that his predecessors had laid on. This meant that John Chrysostom really annoyed the wealthy citizens of Constantinople. He spoke out against how many influential Christians cared little for the poor.
“It is madness to fill your cupboards with clothing while other human beings stand naked and trembling with the cold so that they can hardly hold themselves upright.”
It didn’t matter if you were rich or poor John spoke the truth – emphatically. Even the empress fell under his criticism which eventually led to his exile and death.
About Dayspring MacLeod
Dayspring MacLeod splits her heart between her home country of America and her newer home of Scotland. She has considerable experience in writing for the Christian community, including a devotional column in an evangelical magazine and Christian biographies for both children and adults. She is also an editor and writes fiction in her spare time. Find her blog at mostreliable.wordpress.com.