Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friend of Sinners



Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away 
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing 
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth's become so hard to see 
The world is on their way to You but they're tripping over me 
Always looking around but never looking up I'm so double minded 
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided 

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, 
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers 
Let our hearts be led by mercy 
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors 
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours 

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who's writing in the sand 
Make the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands 
Help us to remember we are all the least of these 
Let the memory of Your mercy bring your people to their knees 

Nobody knows what we're for only against when we judge the wounded 
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did 

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, 
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers 
Let our hearts be led by mercy 
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors 
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours 

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast 
For the leper and the lame; they're the reason that You came 
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast 
But you died for sinners just like me a grateful leper at Your feet 

'Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever 
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever 
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever 
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever 


I have spent a lot of time pondering this song by Casting Crowns.  Every word of it is so true.  It is so easy for me to just judge an unbeliever; it is more difficult to reach out in love.  Jesus didn't attract crowds of people because he was constantly judging them.  No, he reached out in love first, and then gently showed them what they were doing wrong. He alone had the right to judge them, but he didn't do it.  

Meanwhile, the Pharisees were constantly judging people, and judging Jesus because of the people he hung out with.  Two thousand years later, we Christians can tend to act more like the Pharisees than like Jesus.  

It IS easier to "stay out of it" or to avoid people who we're not comfortable with.  But God didn't call us to something easy; rather, He calls us to something glorious.  

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