People Jesus associated with
- soldiers of an occupying army
- poor people
- women with questionable reputations
- a political radical
- a collaborator with an oppressive regime
- a crazy person
- the homeless
- sick people
- blind people
- crippled people
- hungry people
- a woman who would give her last two cents to God
- outcasts of society
- a weird naturalist preacher
- dying people
- a traitor
- a thief
People I associate with
- patriotic people
- rich people
- society people
- people who, like me, struggle with their generosity
- healthy people
Do you see a disconnect in my discipleship?
11 thoughts on “Choice of Friends”
Sad to say…….my list looks WAY more like yours than Jesus’s list.>>But I needed to be reminded.>Thanks bro!>>DU
What do we do about it? We’ve got to change. We will change. Thanks for the mirror.
Mt:9:13: ——— for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.>Mt:16:24: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.>>Yeah, it is pretty hard to follow Jesus, if we only frequent country clubs and mega churches.>I could tell some stories, but I won’t. Yeah Ben, we should change, but we probably won’t. change lasts more than a week or two.
Keith, when we rail against our government for collecting taxes to take care of the Poor, The sick, and the crippled, I don’t see the conservative churches changing much in the near future.
ben,>>I wish I could tell you I didn’t know what we could do about this. But I’m afraid I figured it out some time back.>>I call it “The Nike Hermeneutic”:>< HREF="http://keithbrenton.blogspot.com/search/label/just%20do%20it" REL="nofollow">just do it.<>>>I just haven’t done it.
But I think you probably know about yourself that you are not opposed to hanging out with individuals like the ones listed on His list. That’s a starting place, at least.>>(This is me making an assumption based on what I’ve been able to glean through internet interactions.)
I enjoyed this post, I know that my “guest-list” needs to change. Thanks for the reminder. I look forwad to reading the Nike Hermeneutic.
I’ll start by associating more with “women with questionable reputations”.>Thanks for the advice!
If they seek you out, Anonymous, to find out how their many sins may be forgiven … I encourage you to do so. But you might want to do so in public with an entourage of men and women – just to avoid the appearance of evil.
I thought this was an awesome list. I think too many of us have the same sort of list. It’s a sad commentary on how different we are from Jesus.