Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Choice of Friends

People Jesus associated with

  • soldiers of an occupying army
  • poor people
  • fishermen
  • women with questionable reputations
  • a political radical
  • a collaborator with an oppressive regime
  • a crazy person
  • the homeless
  • sick people
  • blind people
  • crippled people
  • hungry people
  • a woman who would give her last two cents to God
  • outcasts of society
  • a weird naturalist preacher
  • dying people
  • a traitor
  • a thief
  • doubters

People I associate with

  • patriotic people
  • rich people
  • society people
  • ministers
  • people who, like me, struggle with their generosity
  • healthy people
  • believers

Do you see a disconnect in my discipleship?

11 comments:

David U said...

Sad to say.......my list looks WAY more like yours than Jesus's list.

But I needed to be reminded.
Thanks bro!

DU

Royce Ogle said...

Ouch!

ben overby said...

What do we do about it? We've got to change. We will change. Thanks for the mirror.

laymond said...

Mt:9:13: --------- for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Mt:16:24: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Yeah, it is pretty hard to follow Jesus, if we only frequent country clubs and mega churches.
I could tell some stories, but I won't. Yeah Ben, we should change, but we probably won't. change lasts more than a week or two.

laymond said...

Keith, when we rail against our government for collecting taxes to take care of the Poor, The sick, and the crippled, I don't see the conservative churches changing much in the near future.

Keith Brenton said...

ben,

I wish I could tell you I didn't know what we could do about this. But I'm afraid I figured it out some time back.

I call it "The Nike Hermeneutic":
just do it.

I just haven't done it.

Clarissa said...

But I think you probably know about yourself that you are not opposed to hanging out with individuals like the ones listed on His list. That's a starting place, at least.

(This is me making an assumption based on what I've been able to glean through internet interactions.)

Cheryl Russell said...

I enjoyed this post, I know that my "guest-list" needs to change. Thanks for the reminder. I look forwad to reading the Nike Hermeneutic.

Anonymous said...

I'll start by associating more with "women with questionable reputations".
Thanks for the advice!

keith said...

If they seek you out, Anonymous, to find out how their many sins may be forgiven ... I encourage you to do so. But you might want to do so in public with an entourage of men and women - just to avoid the appearance of evil.

Brian H. said...

I thought this was an awesome list. I think too many of us have the same sort of list. It's a sad commentary on how different we are from Jesus.