I got the title for today’s post from Casting Crowns‘ song Jesus, Friend of Sinners. The words of this song speak directly to something we Christians do every day: judge. But the Bible clearly says not to judge others (Matthew 7:1).
You see, Jesus didn’t come to judge and condemn. And he didn’t come for the righteous. He didn’t die on the cross for people who didn’t need Him in order to get into heaven (of which there are none!) He came for sinners, people who were in need of a Savior.
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17, NIV)
After we accept Christ into our hearts, some of us make a dreadful mistake. We start to think of ourselves as all “holy and righteous” when, in fact, no one (but God) is righteous. We are still sinners, whose sins have been forgiven. We are still in the flesh; our human nature corrupts us, and we will never truly be free until we go to heaven. Romans 3:9-12 (NLT) says this:
Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say,
“No one is righteous–not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”
Casting Crowns’ song adds to this, saying: “You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at your feet.” I’m saying all this for two reasons. One, so that we don’t judge others. Why are we judging when we should be sharing God’s love and His salvation? And two, so that we don’t think we’re better than the people we were once judging. For, although we now see where we’ve gone wrong and strive to imitate Christ, we are still sinners.
For God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)
Jesus didn’t die for a bunch of religious people. He died for sinners, so that they could have a relationship with God. It’s time to open our hearts and doors to those around us and starting sharing the Good News, rather than keeping it to ourselves because those “sinners” aren’t good enough for it. There is nothing as far off the mark as that!