Jesus' followers are not to be isolated avoiders, passionless nerds, or snooty critics. They're to be in the world, into it-sent into it, in fact-with it, engaged, alive, passionate-not out of it. "Whoever claims to live in him," John the apostle wrote, "must walk as Jesus did" (1 John 2:6). Jesus was in the world, engaged, alive, involved, making a difference. So must we be.
Jesus attended parties and so was accused of being a drunk and a glutton, companion of tax collectors and other sinners. Are we too isolated to be similarly accused?
Brian D. McLaren from the book Adventures in Missing the Point