A Tale of Two Tax Collectors

by Ryan Ross

"It's appalling to see how few so-called 'Christian' parents encourage their sons to become preachers," said the preacher. "How can families who claim to put Christ first in their lives have their sons enter a worldly profession whose fruits are only material, rather than a holy profession, whose rewards are spiritual?...

There were two tax collectors.

One tax collector was sitting in his booth. Jesus called him and said, "Follow me." The man immediately left his job and everything else. He became a disciple.

The other tax collector had Jesus in his home as his dinner guest. He announced that he would give half his possessions to the poor and would reimburse anyone he had cheated four hundred percent. He did not leave his job.

Of the second man, Jesus said, "Today salvation has come to this house, for this man, too, is a son of Abraham."

Let us not call anything impure that God has made clean.