The venom is dripping as the Pharisees made this statement about Jesus: “he eats with sinners.” They couldn’t imagine it. Nothing could be so degrading and defiling that hanging around with lost people. But Jesus did it. In fact he was often around unsavory characters. Someone has said: “How can you claim to be following Christ if you don’t know any prostitutes and tax collectors?”
Talking and eating are simple evangelistic strategies. Everyone can do it. Yet many Christians isolate themselves from lost people. Like the Pharisees, they would see it as sinful to associate with them. When is the last time you socialized with non-Christians. Functions at your work-place don’t count. When is the last time you played golf, went fishing or had a BBQ with a lost person? That might explain your lack of evangelism.
But, be prepared! Once you start this some modern day Pharisees will be there to criticize.
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