“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”
Jesus was full of compassion. He made friends with sinners and ate with tax collectors, who were seen as traitors and thieves.
He visited the homes of people rejected by society. He embraced stranger’s kids, touched lepers, healed the sick, raised paralyzed people from their beds, and gave sight to the blind.
That’s the same kind of compassion and concern He has for each one of us…and expects us to show others.
But society has always made it such that the moment we step outside of our “normal” or shall we say “accepted” social circle then people believe they have a right to comment (negatively) on our choice of friends or associates. This is how come Jesus was described as a gluttonous drunk with bad taste in friends.
But He couldn’t be bothered with society… He saw those people just as He sees us. People with pain, and tears…and He heard their cries, just like He hears ours.
If we say we are true Christians, then we need to set our precious reputations aside and do as Christ did. We need to reach out to people who may cause us “reputational” damage, but will win us everlasting life. It doesn’t seem like much of a trade-off…but surprisingly most of us choose our reputation.
Dear God, even when I was a spiritual misfit, you never stopped loving me. Help me to get past myself and love those who society deems as misfits. Amen