One more place where I'm trying to say something worthwhile.
A plank-eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided
I think there is something different in being a "friend of sinners" and a friend "to" sinners. Often we interpret Jesus being a friend of sinners, to mean that we are supposed to be a friend to sinners. As a friend "of" sinners, the sinners were the ones that saw Jesus as a friend. The true test is not whether or not we like sinners, but rather do sinners like us. I love the fact that the most disreputable people of Jesus' day loved to be near him. Oh that we might have THAT kind of impact on people around us.Thanks for the post!