Jesus: Friend of Sinners; A Christian Response to Caitlyn Jenner

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Jesus: Friend of Sinners

There has been a plethora of media lately about the Caitlyn Jenner sex change.  And I would love nothing more than to “Respond”, however I think that it is important to remind Christians that …. WE ARE ALL SINNERS.  So, when we point our fingers, remember that we are not perfect.  We all fall short of the glory of God.  In today’s society, I actually felt weird typing the word sin and calling us all sinners.  Oh my gosh!  If this isn’t indicative of a problem in our world view, then I don’t know what is.

What is most important for me to remember when dealing with anyone even someone similar to Caitlyn Jenner, is that we are called to love.  I see no precedence for us to judge.  Jesus himself offered the ability to judge or “throw stones” to anyone that was sinless.  So, if you are sinless, go for it.  Oh wait, hummm, none of us are.

I was listening to the song “Jesus: Friend of Sinners” today in the car and was quickly reminded that it is Jesus that had the right to throw the stones, but even he didn’t.  He just told the lady being judged for her sins – “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

The lyrics should speak to the hearts of all Christians:

Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

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Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

Yeah…

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

‘Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah…
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

—Lyrics and music by Casting Crowns

–Jesus, Friend of Sinners by Casting Crowns
Written by Matthew West and Mark Hall

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