Remember the Pharisees in Matthew 9:10-11 when Jesus was eating with those scorned by the (self-proclaimed) righteous of the day?
“…they said to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with tax gatherers and sinners?”
What if we modernized the words a little?
- “…they said to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with gays and feminists?”
- “…they said to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with activists and Democrats?”
I sometimes wonder if we could then change the word “Pharisees” to “Christians.” We claim the gospel is for all, that God wants all to go to Heaven, but do we live that doctrine?
Jesus shared His table with those the religiously strict held in disdain as “lost causes.” Some were social pariahs unfit to belong to God’s kingdom in their opinion. Jesus demonstrated the polar opposite attitude toward these individuals, and he chastised them for the hardness of their hearts.
Ask yourself: am I willing to share Heaven with Michael Moore? Hillary Clinton? Al Gore? Barack Obama? Anyone from PETA or Greenpeace? If the answer is no, I have to wonder if Jesus will share Heaven with me.