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Who needs the Doctor?

October 3, 2012

Growing up I got his idea in my head that church is a place to be clean, talk nicely and dress your best. Not that any of those things are necessarily wrong, but that influenced the way I thought, and still often think, about the people who should (or shouldn’t) be in the church. You should look nice, smell nice, talk nice and act nice, otherwise you’re out of place. And worse, I don’t think you should be here because you’re kind of messing things up for the rest of us, the healthy. However, the gospel has something else to say. Listen:

“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'” – Mark 2

Who does belong in church? The sick and the sinners. Not the people who think they have it all together, but the ones who know they don’t. Clean under the fingernails or not. I am as guilty as anyone else in this area, but it’s areas like these that we need the Gospel to shape the way we view people.

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