Friday, November 18, 2011
Is the church a place for sinners? What about Jesus' words in Mark where he says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” And in Luke 19:10 it says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Are some sinners 'too bad' to be part of your church? Or perhaps it's that their sins are unacceptable to the majority? Who decides this?
How does the tone of the question of 'where is your husband?' contrast with a similar question that Jesus asked the woman at the well (John 4:1-26)?
By 'your kind', the church people are obviously not meaning 'humanoid'. So what do they mean by 'your kind?' How does it make it easier for them to reject the person if they think of zem as "your kind?"
What kinds of people are welcome at your church? What kinds of people are ignored, shunned or rejected?
How does the instruction to 'get a suit' reflect a desire to have everyone look good on the outside, to conform to the status quo?