Casting Crowns – Jesus Friend Of Sinners

casting crowns jesus friend of sinners

It’s a wonderful thing for non-followers to learn that Jesus doesn’t judge them they way some Christians do.

‘Jesus Friend Of Sinners’ by Casting Crowns captures this truth perfectly.

Why we should not judge others

For Jesus wouldn’t stand outside an abortion clinic with a placard. He’d have a stern word with the doctors then lovingly counsel the frightened woman who is:

  • Terrified she’ going to have to raise a baby by herself, or
  • Terrified she’s going to have to look after a disabled child, or
  • Terrified to tell her parents because she is still at school, or
  • Sickened at having to bring up a kid who was the result of a violent rape.

The guy who fancies guys and campaigns for homosexuality and gay rights wouldn’t get stoned. His feelings would be acknowledged then he would be taught who he is in his Father’s eyes and how to embrace the person he was created to be.

Of course it’s easy for Jesus. He has no hang-ups of his own, no pre-conceived ideas about what people are thinking and no struggles with bigotry and prejudice. But neither should we if we walk close to him.

I want to hear his voice, not operate in my own understanding.

As much as his heart is for the innocent, abused, lonely and hurting, he also has compassion for prostitutes, pimps, drunken revellers, those who practice Wicca, mothers who neglected their children for drugs, fathers who abandoned their young family, young lads who love rebellion and vandalism, the woman who falsely claimed disability benefit at the expense of those who really needed it, terrorists and suicide bombers, radical Atheists who quote Dawkins day and night and suited hypocrites who have been given the job of running their country with a mind full of political deception and greed. None of these transgressions are trivialised, but he still loves the sinner behind the sin.

For Christians, no godliness or skill saved us and we therefore, have no right to judge others. That authority has not been given to us. And it never will.

Jesus is a God of acceptance and grace, mercy and forgiveness, love and empathy. He wants to bring conviction of heart that leads to freedom. One sure way to beat depression is to know we have been pardoned from all we have done that displeases God.

Jesus Friend Of Sinners is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard and I don’t ever want to play it and not be convicted by the words:

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.

 (Chorus)

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners,

Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers.

Let our hearts be lead by mercy,

Help us reach with open hearts and open doors.

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.

 

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?

 

(Bridge)

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…

For you are good. You are good, and your love endures forever.

You are good, you are good and your love endures forever.

 

(Chorus)

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners,

Open our eyes to see the world at the end of our pointing fingers.

Let our hearts be lead by mercy,

Help us reach with open hearts and open doors,

Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.

© Casting Crowns 2012

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10 comments

  1. […] As our inherent nature is that we are all sinners, God wants us to accept the fact that nobody is perfect. He will give you complete peace if turn the situation over to him. He also wants to comfort you so that you can carry on with your life without the shadow of what happened to you following you around wherever you go. […]

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  2. I broke His heart. So He reached out to me. I, with tears in my eyes, barely able to see His gentle hand reached up and took His tender hand. With His love He lifted me from the muck I had been stuck in for years. He did not care if His hand touched my filth and shame. Now I am His–free and clean. Washed in His blood. Never more bound by sin. I am a slave to righteousness now. Praise God for I am free indeed!

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