“While He was reclining at the table in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining together with Jesus and His disciples.”￼ (Mark 2:15a)
Jesus reached out to those people who the religious elite ignored, and “those people” reached right back.￼
But notice that it is not only Jesus who spends time with those deemed, “morally questionable” by polite society. ￼His disciples do, too.
Following Jesus is not a competitive sport. It is a come-as-you-are feast, and if we have been invited to come as we are, we must extend the same offer to others.￼
The more like Jesus we become, the more we should love people who are not like Him at all, because Jesus brings people together.￼