God is not embarrassed about His judgements. Neither should we be.
Being a disciple of Jesus isn't something—as in, something we add to our lives or hold alongside of other relationships or loyalties in our life. Being a disciple of Jesus is everything. Jesus takes it all, and every other relationship or loyalty falls under His Lordship.
We don’t want to be like the Pharisees, who stayed in their holy huddles and never got close to anybody they saw as dirty or bad. We want to be like Matthew, who got up and followed Jesus, and then invited his fellow patients to join him at the wedding feast.
We are at a very unique point in our life together as a church. A time where we get to ask, not “How have we always done things?”, but “How should we do things?” We get to ask, not “Who were we?”, but rather “Who should we be?” We get to ask not, “What was?”, but rather “What should be? What kind of a church should we be as we step into the future together, and what part will we each play in that process?”