We often like to transplant ourselves into the Bible when we read the scriptures.
Especially the gospels.
I mean who doesn’t like to imagine themselves there in the midst of Jesus’ ministry.
Now obviously you and I would be two of the 12 disciples… we’re pretty awesome, right?
But sometimes I find myself thinking… maybe I’m more like a Pharisee.
Especially when we consider how offensive Jesus was at times.
I was thinking about this today as I was reading the scriptures and thought I’d bash out this short list of just a few reasons we’d kick Jesus right out of our churches!
(And remember this isn’t a non-believer coming into church for the first time… this guy was a self appointed leader of the faith!)
- Rumour had it he was a drunk!
He befriended prostitutes.
He frequently failed to “honour the leaders” of church
He failed to “keep the Sabbath”
He refused to judge sinners for their sins!
He was focused on having people experience Heaven on Earth rather than get to Heaven when they die.
He frequently violated (our interpretation of) the law
He didn’t “avoid the appearance of evil”
He was a friend of sinners
He associated with corrupt government officials
He was rumoured to be a glutton– actually never mind – we don’t mind that one in the church.
Obviously these are just a few things of the top of my head. But my hope is that we can come up with a much bigger list that will challenge us all to think about Jesus and the way we function as a church.
What are some of the reasons you can think of that would have gotten Jesus kicked out of church?