“The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.  But when the chief priests an teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did . . . they were indignant.”–Matthew 21:14,15

Not long ago I heard about a retired pastor’s wife–a woman in her 80s– whose new ministry was to sit in biker bars and befriend the patrons.

I can’t help but think she’s hearing a lot more interesting stories than the decades she spent chairing church women’s meetings (an automatic obligation of all pastor’s wives) but she’s also putting herself in direct contact with more people who’ve likely never had a chance to hear the full story of the Gospel.  (Hopefully most of the church women are better versed.)

I have to admire someone who would risks the gasps of good church people and go hang out in a bar for Christ’s sake.

I have to praise a Savior who cared more for the poor and disenfranchised of society more than he cared about impressing good church people.

Jesus calls us to be in the world, but not of the world.  My dad used to say you never raise yourself up by pulling someone else down.  

May we never be so smug about our own righteousness that we look down on people and fail to meet people where they are–even if those places are outside our own personal comfort zones.

And if you happen to cross paths with a grandmotherly woman spreading the good news of Christ’s love in a biker bar some day–tell her hello for me.