The Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with publicans and sinners?”
And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of the physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” [Luke 5:30-31]
Jesus is a physician who made a house call to the entire world. Everyone knows he visited, but unfortunately religion has redefined why he was at the door. By shifting our focus off the physician and entirely onto the illness, modern Christianity has become consumed with the sinful condition.
This is why we promulgate rules and steps for Christian living, why we feel it is necessary to say who is right and who is wrong. We are so consumed with the idea of sin and fighting our way into God’s grace.
Jesus, help me to redefine you to the world. Help me to strip away the religious baggage that surrounds your name so people can see who it is that is knocking at their doors and asking to be let in.