Jesus loves messed up people
I've heard it said that you can often tell what kind of person someone is by the company they keep. If they hang out with druggies, they're probably a druggie. If they hang out with shoplifters, they're probably a shoplifter. I guess that goes for preppies and wannabees too...
But I'm not sure that's true, at least it wasn't for Jesus. He really enjoyed hanging out with thieves, and con artists, and prostitutes. But he never stole anything, or swindled anyone, or slept with a prostitute. He spent his time with messed up people because he loved them.
Of course, that pissed off the religious leaders, who accused Jesus of being like the people he hung out with. When I read that about the religious people, and I think about all the times I have seen "Christian" people look down on other people. But if Christians were following Jesus, if they were trying to be like him, then they would be hanging out with people instead of looking down on them.
And besides, we're all dirty under the microscope.
And those religious people just loved to criticize Jesus. They wanted to know why he spent his time with "those sinners." And he told those religious people that "sick people need a doctor, not people who are well." He basically says, "I came to help messed up people, those who are honest enough to know they are not perfect and need my help."
Followers of Jesus spend time with broken down, messed up people. They don't look down on other people, because followers of Jesus are honest about their own faults. They help those who know they need help, and they love the unlovable.