It’s the sort of thing that Jesus did. It’s why He was mistaken for a drunk and a glutton. If you want to love broken and messy people, then you’re going to have to go to broken and messy places. People will see you enter and people will see you leave––and they will come to whatever conclusion they want to. We can’t control that. The only thing we can control is how much love we show…
To follow Jesus is to take our place among the whores, the beggars, the drunks and gluttons––and to not use any of those words in our hearts as we look around at the company of saints we join. It is to die to the desire to label their lifestyles and give birth to a life that seeks to name their story. To understand with compassion how this child of light has fallen into darkness, how this child of the Whole One has become so broken."
Scott Evans, Closer Still (via hislivingpoetry)