Mark 2:16-17 – And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

It’s important to realize that as Christians, we are ultimately obligated to see Jesus as the authority of how we are to act.  This is no more true than when we say we are acting on his or the one-who-sent-him’s behalf.

After the revolt of May ’68 burst onto their black and white TV screens, the French public soon saw other, more frightening images. For the first time, television broadcasted scenes of children dying from hunger in remote corners of the world.

In 1971, Raymond Borel and Philippe Bernier, journalists from the medical review Tonus, issued an appeal to establish a band of doctors to help people suffering in the midst and wake of major disasters.

The “Biafrans,” who had been attempting to start an emergency medical response group themselves, jumped at the chance.

“In the back of our minds was the fact that we’d already done this and we wanted to do it again,” says Bernard Kouchner.

“We wanted to ensure sufficient knowledge of this new type of medicine: war surgery, triage medicine, public health, education, et cetera.

“It’s simple really: go where the patients are. It seems obvious, but at the time it was a revolutionary concept because borders got in the way. It’s no coincidence that we called it ‘Médecins Sans Frontières.’” [1]

Doctors Without Borders went where the patients were.  Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  So…do those who have the truth of a loving, healing God need to stay away from every little thing that we don’t like?  Or should we show up and make a fool of ourselves?  Well, it isn’t just ourselves we are making a fool of, but the one we claim to represent.

So do you think the petitions, lobbying, calling your senator, or marching through Target will save a single person?  Did Jesus need 500,000 signatures to make a difference in one thief’s life?  Or did he change it with his loving and redemptive action?

Ok, I’m sorry, that got a little out of hand.  I’m not going to blame anyone as doing this, and I don’t believe in giving anyone undue publicity.  So I blocked out any reference to a specific group of 3,517 people who say that there are a million of them.


So this is the response that I get back most often when I have these conversations in the real world.  Inevitably, in the middle of my first sentence, someone cracks out a bible, and flips through to this gem:

Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

That is a good verse.  I have to admit.  Don’t conform to this world.  Done.  I didn’t make a sacrifice to Diana, I didn’t make any idols, I don’t go drinking every chance I get.  But I’m not going to stay away from the community kitchen so I don’t catch homelessness, I’m not going to stay away from Goodwill so I don’t catch poorness, and I’m also not going to stay away from Target so I don’t get raped.

Do you not feel comfortable enough to put yourself in a situation to serve and show God in a specific context that needs him?  Don’t.  But urging that no-one else who holds the truth should go there and share love, is wrong.  We are not all the entire body, we are each one part of the body.  I am not a door greeter.  My smile looks awkward, and I use anti-bacterial gel every time I shake someone’s hand.  But I will sweep a sidewalk.  I can scrub a toilet.

Don’t feel comfortable shopping there?  Don’t.  You aren’t asked by the bible or Jesus to shop there, just like Jesus likely never got drunk with the drunkards.  But he did come to serve.

There are no verses or ideas spread in the bible that calls for boycotting.  Yet we seem to do it every chance we get to try to scare righteousness instead of sharing it.  Forcing salvation, instead of loving the hell out of someone.  Pretending they were just looking for a reason to reject God, instead of giving them a chance to see the One True King.

I’d like to know what you think.  Comment down below and we’ll share a dialogue and hopefully both grow.

And as always, follow if you follow, like if you like, share if you want others to know whats up…and I’ll see you on the other side!




[1] About Us.  Doctors Without Borders.  Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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