Today I direct your attention to a post by Charles Featherstone. In this post he starts with the well-known story of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18. The easy application of this story is that we should learn to walk with humility because our works and our righteousness do not justify us. True enough, as far as it goes, but there are some people out there for whom humility is not a problem. These are the people on the outermost margins of society: pedophiles, queers, and many others to whom we have made it abundantly clear that they are not welcome in our church communities; immigrants and lower-income people to whom we have made it abundantly clear that they are not welcome in respectable American society.
It is these people, the people at the margins, who know who they are–sinners, unwanted people considered beyond the reach of God’s redemption–who are at the heart of Jesus’ ministry. It is these whom Jesus goes to find, to seek and to save.