Week 2 - Magnanimity // Day 6
Mark 2 15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”
17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Are you not tempted to narrow your good will and brotherliness to a special clique? Is not this one of the great dangers, for example, of college life? Note that Jesus’ magnanimity overpassed even the boundaries of social customs. He was ready to befriend all sorts of conditions of people. Think of your college’s fraternity or sorority problem with reference to this; or of the social life in your church and community. Do you draw lines, within which you are generous, but outside of which you feel no special obligation? Is this Christian? Can anyone be a genuine disciple of the Master who consciously indulges in such social exclusiveness?