We live in an age of outrage. It’s easy for professing Christians to reflect poorly on Christ by exhibiting biting, mean, and divisive behavior in the public sphere. What lessons can we learn from the life of Jesus that apply to our interactions with modern society? In this passage, we see Jesus calling Matthew, a tax collector, into ministry. On the surface, this act sparked outrage in society at that time, as many things quickly spark outrage from Christians today. But Jesus is after a far deeper and more meaningful objective: He came not for the self-righteous, but for sinners. Our response to “outrageous” things today should be measured by this example of abundant grace.

 

Matthew 9:9-13