When we are afraid of other people’s sin, it makes us crazy in the presence of sin…. Then we project onto God the idea that He’s just as afraid of sin as we are. But what exactly is God afraid of, anyway? Nothing…. He is the love. If you aren’t feeling the love when He’s there, something’s wrong, because that’s Him – love! When you’re feeling fear, that’s not Him.
So we have to decide – what partnerships are we going to make when we’re in the presence of sin? This was the thing that made Jesus look like a genius. Jesus could come in and out of sinners’ lives. He’d walk into a bar with the harlots and the thieves and go, ‘Hey guys, how you doin’? Hey, there was this rabbi, this priest, and this Baptist preacher.’ And those people loved Him! They were going, ‘I don’t know who that guy is, but I love Him, love Him, love Him!’
But the Pharisees were more like, ‘Here, leper. Ring this bell whenever you come around, because you scare me. Uh-oh, a woman on her period. Uh-oh, dead people. Where can we hide? Where can we go? Let’s go in the temple. Don’t sweat on me, don’t you sweat on me!’ Jesus had the love thing down, but the Pharisees didn’t have a clue. So in the presence, the Pharisees were afraid, but when Jesus was in the presence of sin, He was the solution, the remedy. He was powerful.
Culture of Honor, Destiny Image, 2009, 79-80