“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be healthy need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
– Matthew 9:12-13.
Modern day Pharisees in the Christian Church look down on other Christians that are not afraid of being criticized for rubbing shoulders with the outcasts of society in order to win them to saving faith in Jesus. When they see us conversing with blasphemers, witches, drug addicts, alcoholics, and sexually immoral people, they also ask the same question of us that they asked Jesus, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Pharisaical* Christians are so arrogant in their own personal holiness that they forget they were once filthy sinners themselves. Only by God’s mercy were they forgiven, saved, and given a clean start in life. All Christians are what they are today because, some time ago, someone talked to us about Jesus. Even while we were spiritually dead in our trespasses and sins, God still loved us enough to draw us to repentance. He sent messengers into our lives to preach the Good News (Gospel) to us.
But Pharisees self-righteously criticize other brothers and sisters in the Messiah for being a friend to sinners. They forget that a sinner is not won to Jesus simply by the words you preach to them, but also by the love of God you show to them.
The love of God is best demonstrated by accepting a sinner just as they are, without becoming part of their sinful ways. They need to know you are their friend – despite the vast differences between you and them in moral standards and lifestyle.
By His example, Jesus taught us that having fellowship with sinners is not a sin; it is the will of God who desires that all men be saved. To paraphrase Matthew 9:12, “Those who have need of spiritual healing are not those who are healthy, but those who are sick with sin.”
Like Jesus pointed out, we are to liken ourselves to a physician who goes where there is genuine need. It would be absurd for a doctor to refuse to treat the sick.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
* Marked by hypocritical censorious self-righteousness – Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
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