Seeking to co-opt Jesus’ moral influence to advance an agenda, a popular meme making the social media circuit asserts:
“Jesus hung around with lepers, hookers and crooks.”
No one hung around with lepers in the ancient world, they were isolated.
“the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and publicans, said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? And when Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:16 ASV)
John Fugalsang is one of the political types – recognizing the powerful moral influence of Jesus – seeking to make Jesus useful for his own social/political agenda. Fugalsang, in seeking power and legitimacy for his own views, recreates Jesus in his own image.
Fugalsang has a popular meme going around social media that spins Jesus into a more politically useful mold. This man-made Jesus has just enough of the ring of truth to carry some weight. But is it the truth?