“For Jesus to associate with tax collectors was not an association with the oppressed. It was an association with the despised, all right, but with despised oppressors. The tax collectors were the guys who could send a SWAT team to your house, for Pete’s sake. The people who despised the tax collectors were actually the ones taking the side of the oppressed. The prostitutes really were a rejected and oppressed class, and Jesus associated with them, also. And then, busting all Boyd’s paradigms, Jesus would also go have dinner with centurions at the Officer’s Club. He would eat with prostitutes, and with Pharisees. And with a captain in the Marine Corps” (Empires of Dirt, p. 91).
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