Matthew 9: 11,12 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
When I read these verses, it always makes me think of how a lot of Christian people are today. They think of themselves as good, moral Christians, avoiding things that are ‘bad’, keeping away from people who aren’t religious and who don’t do the ‘right’ things.
Yet Jesus, while here on earth, hung out with ‘those’ people all the time. People who were involved in the wrong things, people who no one really wanted to be around or associate with, it was those people you would find Jesus spending time and communicating.
Obviously, we aren’t to participate in and do things that are wrong, but we should not avoid the people who do them. These are the ones who need friendship, and who need to be shown the love of God.
When we think we are better than others, and keep away from those who are different, we are just playing the part of the pharisees of Jesus day. We need to show the love of God to all those we come in contact, and take the medicine of the good news of the Gospel to those who are sick in sin.
Author Bio I am 57 years old, happily married with five children, all married and fifteen grandchildren. I grew up in the methodist church and now occasionally attend the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. I feel that Christianity (being a Christ follower) is a daily lifestyle and not something we do on Sundays. I believe the 'Church' is the people and not a place. I want people to know the freedom we have in Christ. Not freedom to go out and sin, but to live a life pleasing to God and loving others, knowing we are forgiven and not under any bondage or condemnation from our Father. You can find me on the web at http://mdonahoe7.wordpress.com