Friday, October 25, 2013

Aldrich: the family of the unloved

Friday, October 25, 2013
    Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285
    When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
    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 2:16-17 (NIV)
    If your church cannot accept the wreckage of broken homes and shattered dreams, it is not the place where Jesus lives. Your church should be the greatest garbage dump in town—a place where the broken, oppressed, misplaced, abandoned, and unloved peoples can come and find a ”family” where they are accepted and loved... as is.
    ... Joseph C. Aldrich (1941-2009), Lifestyle Evangelism, Multnomah Press, 1981, p. 180 (see the book)
    See also Mark 2:16-17; Matt. 5:43-44; 9:12-13; 18:11; Luke 4:18-19; 5:31-32; 15:7,10; 18:10-14; 19:10; Acts 17:30; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:15-16; 2 Pet. 3:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, forgive me for rejecting those whom You have loved.
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