I find it interesting that Jesus' first words to people were not a fierce call out compelling people to repent of the kingdom of God is near. John the Baptist had that ministry and it was pretty successful until he got his head cut off. When you read through the Gospels, Jesus does have some stern words for the self-righteous but does seem to have an entirely different approach to the alienated and disenfranchised.
I would argue that people in our context have much more in common with the alienated than with the rebellious sinners or self-righteous. And if that is true, we can look and see how Jesus engages people, and when he does, it is rarely with confronting language, or finger-pointing, or even rebuke. Rather, Jesus simply invites:Read More