Luke 5:30 NIV 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
Apparently attitudes towards tax collectors haven’t changed much. The Pharisees and teachers of religious law during the Lord’s era combined taxmen and sinners together in the same breath. My wife and I just had a CPA inform us what we owe the IRS and right now I’m kind of going with the idea there’s not much difference between the two either—I’m lumping them together.
And yet, the Lord and His disciples are there eating dinner with them! In fact, it’s much worse—a short while earlier Jesus included a tax collector into His following. What was He thinking? That means day-in and day-out I will have to live with the association that my Savior chose to have this fellow, Levi the taxman, as His disciples!
Does that seem right to you? Evidently my attitude toward the people of the IRS may need some adjustments. And while I maybe convinced that the IRS has no soul and is a spawn of the devil, the Lord Jesus sees them as the sick needing healing. How can there be any miracles among sinners if they are rejected before conversing with them? There can’t be! It’s the sinners Jesus had come to call to repentance. It’s time I climbed down off my high horse and invited a taxman to dinner! Bon appetit!
J. Robert Hanson