I was recently told that it is wrong to be "too friendly" with sinners, gays and adulterers. We can be "friends" but not "friends-friends," they said, and I struggled to understand. Maybe they meant we could be "neighborly"..?
Hmm...I wonder if anything has ever been said/written/painted about that...
"Tax collectors and sinners were all crowding around to listen to Jesus. So the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law of Moses started grumbling, "This man is friendly with sinners. He even eats with them." (Lk 15)
"And who is my neighbor?" (Lk 10:25)