Reflecting upon why the poor and mentally ill are under represented in local churches I got to thinking about how much our opinion counts. People generally have a sense of "rights". "I don't like having that man in my church. It makes me feel uncomfortable."
The problem as I see it is that when we accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and died to ourselves any rights that we had effectively died with Christ. When people view life through the lens of rights and comfort we are not taking the Jesus option.