Sometimes I think my comments rub people the wrong way. I have a clear and simple way at looking at most things and I post what I think. Sometimes I put things in a crude way, that's just me. As a Christian I can tell you that Jesus himself went to the "sinners" prostitutes ect to save them. Buy them kicking you off there board they are doing exactly the opposite of what Jesus would have done.
Your way does not offend me at all, I am very similar to you, and I would much rather hang with the sinners, as long as they are "safe' that is, mental sins do not bother me, I wouldn't want to hang with anyone who was physically dangerous though, stalkerish, or might rob or hurt my family in any way.
I myself have good friends from all walks of life, rich to poor. Some did hard time. I try not to judge, that's not my job. I simply hang around people that give me respect and I respect them back. Respect does not mean I myself approve of there actions though. People can disagree but still be civilized.
We are like this also, though no friends who has done hard time.
In my youth , I got to see a taste of how the other half lives though... My mother married a severe alcoholic (crazy as this sounds , she never drank)... moved to another state...big city, very very ROUGH life... they used to take in prostitutes off the street , homeless men, her husband had a heart of pure GOLD for the destitude, he loved to cook for people too when he wasn't too drunk... the stories she has shared with me reduce me to tears, I've written a # of them down.... I lived with them for a month when I was 15. IN that month, they did not take anyone in. My safety was the main thing.
I do not have a heart like that. I would fear for my own life. Once a drunken neighbor took a sickle to my mother, he jumped in front of her, saving her life. I met the prostitue neighbor who killed her 1st husband because of abuse, she served time.
I have had arguments with Christians who would tell me that my step father will not be in heaven because he was an Alcoholic...I wanted to tare into them.. ...He nursed this one homeless man back to health after being attacked by sea gulls getting chicken out of a dumspter, open sores on his arms from this...(I know how bad this sounds !!)...
He loved people from the heart, even though he was messed up himself, he was not looking for any gain. He had great compassion, he has been ripped off, beat up and still he welcomed the poorest society has. I guess one could say he was STUPID, I don't know, but he survived it all....so did my mother. Once they even had a murderer living with them! Yikes !
In my lifetime, I have never met a man who had that depth of care to open his own home.... He LIVED the words of Jesus... most only talk it. Every time I hear this song, I think of my step father... He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
....and tear up. I know why I am moved like that...it was the love he had for those that society would throw away or spit at.
I try not to judge either. But it does creep in -depending, I think back to what I witnessed in my youth..... I look at the heart more than anything else, never how rich or poor someone is.
But I do not have a heart like my step father...that was above & beyond the norm.