by Chet Hardin
The Resurgence blog is interesting, as always, if you like to follow the conversations going on in the world of evangelical Christians.
Yesterday, Harvey Turner, a pastor in the Acts 29 church-planting network who oversees a church in Reno, posted an essay on Matthew 11:19 that fits into the general conversation raised by this week's cover story.
I’ve heard many Christians say, “Oh, we're trying to remain holy.” Jesus was holy. His holiness caused him to reach out to people whom the culture deemed sinners, criminals, adulterers, fornicators, offenders, outlaws, and materialistic. Jesus was known to hang out with these types of crowds, so much so they accused him of being a drunkard and a glutton.
Turner lays out the Biblical argument for loving the sinner, and the criminal, etc. Of course, the criminal is a lot more flexible of a concept — as is clear in the realm of undocumented immigrants — than the sinner.