The Kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies.  And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people.  O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ!  If Christ had done what you are doing, who would have ever been spared? 


-Martin Luther 



Jesus could have commanded the finest and fittest to enlist in his band of followers.  I mean here is a guy—and not just any guy mind you, he was God in the flesh—he stopped the waves in their tracks, shut the mouth of howling winds, walked on water, healed the most afflicted and delivered those tormented by the most evil of spirits.  And that’s not all.  He also raised the dead, turned water into wine, and fed five thousand hungry people with a couple crumbs that would feed a family of five.  


A casual glance at the members among those closest to Jesus from day one—and those closest to him today—is an eternal reminder that God isn’t the friend of the righteous.  And while many live lives of incredible sacrifice and service to God it’s always amazing to learn a little more about the real story behind those who follow Jesus best.  Why Jesus takes the biggest failures and makes the biggest wonders of them is a mystery I suppose.  He could seek out the first class and the pure breeds but he’s ever chasing down the low class and the half breeds.     


I’m not real fond of politically correct stands on everything from school choice to immigration to abortion to nativity scenes on court house lawns to what kind car a follower of Jesus is supposed to drive.  But when it comes to Jesus himself—I have no tolerance for a politically correct Jesus.  The only politically correct Jesus is the one constructed by his character assassins—they are alive and well.  While Jesus didn’t care what the high and mighty thought—his approach and his mission more importantly flew in the face of the modern day religious establishment.  When it came to whom Jesus hung out with and who Jesus didn’t hang out with, what was expected of him was a bitter disappointment for the majority.   


 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 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?’ 17 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.’    (Mark 2:15-17, ESV)


A politically correct Jesus picks the right people as his closest confidants while the Jesus of history and Scripture selects the picked over.