This song was written by John Mark Hall and Matthew West, and was recorded by Casting Crowns… included on their album, Come To The Well.

Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall, who serves as the band’s lead vocalist, as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. They later moved to Stockbridge, Georgia, and more members joined. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. The band has won a Grammy and a Dove Award.
The members of Casting Crown (in 2011) were Mark Hall – lead vocals and songwriter; Juan DeVevo – guitar and background vocals; Chris Huffman – bass and background vocals; Megan Garrett – piano, keyboards, backing vocals; Melodee DeVevo – violin, backing vocals, cello; Brian Scoggin – drums; and Hector Cervantes – lead guitar and background vocals.

This song reminds us that Jesus really is a Friend of sinners… the opposite of who most lost people would assume He would be.
Bible Reference… Matthew 11:16-19; Mark 2:13-17; John 8:1-11
Jesus, Friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away;
we cut down people in Your name… but the sword was never ours to swing.
Jesus, Friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see;
the world is on their way to You, but they’re tripping over me.
Always looking around but never looking up; I’m so double-minded…
a plank-eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided.

        CHORUS:
        Oh, Jesus, Friend of sinners,
        open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers.
        Let our hearts be led by mercy; help us reach with open hearts and open doors.
        Oh, Jesus, Friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours.

Jesus, Friend of sinners, the One who’s writing in the sand;
make the righteous turn away, and the stones fall from their hands.
Help us to remember we are all the least of these;
let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees.
No one knows what we’re for; only against, when we judge the wounded.
What if we put down our signs, crossed over the lines, and loved like You did?
(CHORUS)
        CODA:
        You love every lost cause. You reach for the outcast,
        for the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came.
        Lord, I was that lost cause, and I was the outcast.
        But, You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet.
        ‘Cause You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever.
        You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever.
        You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever.
        You are good. You are good and Your love endures forever. (CHORUS)

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