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When Accusations Turn Into Accolades…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on March 3, 2010

The title refers to the attitudes of two groups of people (separated by many years) in regards to what Jesus did 2000 years ago.  It was not so much what Jesus did that was and is the reason for the accusations and accolades.  It was who he did it with.

What he did was have dinner.

He had dinner with publicans and sinners.

The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day murmured and asked His disciples “Why do you and your Master eat with publicans and sinners?”  (Matt 9:10-11, Mark 2:15-16, Luke 5:29-30)  The accusation presented by the scribes and Pharisees of the day is straight forward and simple.  If you are a man of God, why do you fellowship with these types of people?  They believed that a Rabbi, teacher or man of God should not lower themselves to associate with people who are ungodly.

There are some today which proclaim that Jesus’ eating with publicans and sinners shows His tolerance for those that lived alternate lifestyles.  They applaud His efforts and state His action shows God’s approval of everybody regardless of how they choose to live their lives.

I believe that both parties are way off the mark and the response that Jesus made those many years ago still applies today.

Jesus said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  (Matt 9:12-13, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31-32)

Many people ask “What would Jesus do?”  These people would be better served if they found out “what Jesus did” and believed “what Jesus said.”

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