“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” (Luke 7:33-35)
According to Andy Stanley, pastor and author, one of the five main reasons people leave churches are bad church experiences, “the result of somebody prioritizing a view over you.”
The wisdom of the laws of love Jesus taught, produces righteous (by God’s grace), loving children. The wisdom of “thou-shall-not” laws policed and enforced by some “religious,” produce self-righteous children. If we choose the laws of love as John the Baptist and Jesus did, then it doesn’t matter if we eat and dress strangely and live in the wilderness like John or if we eat bread and drink wine and socialize with sinners like Jesus. Those following religious laws that don’t include love will no doubt be accusatory.
Heavenly Father, help me live by Jesus’ commandment to love. As you love me, help me care for those who have a view over you so they can see love in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.