Friday, October 5, 2012

Look who's coming to dinner

(Two days late!) 
LUKE 5:29-32
29Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. 30The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" 31Jesus answered, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; 32I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance."
Who are the tax collectors and sinners today? It's so much harder to say, at least as a Protestant Christian in America, because there is no real common agreement on what people of our faith believe or how we should live - not as there was for the Pharisees. Christianity is expressed is so many different ways. So who could Jesus be eating with that would shock today's Christians? I think it depends on the Christian. Which means, anyone could be shocking. Anyone. People that shock me would not shock my neighbor. Perhaps that is the point. Stop being shocked. Jesus loves us all. And love in a way that comes in for dinner, acting as guest, showing true love and acceptance. Perhaps living out a model of this love means not pointing out flaws, but living alongside. 

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