I am a recovered alcoholic/addict who is sometimes, in moments of delusion am asked to speak. There is a core and I think a healthy one that is returning to the concept of the "Ragamuffin Gospels" pointing out that Jesus hung out with the dregs of society, half his desciples were virtual outcasts, "tax collector" meant fraud, his "fishers of men" were day laborers, only one owned a boat. Peter was a screw up who had never amounted to anything, and of course Mary Magdalene was said to have been a prostitute, but more likely she was worse, an adulterer.
The middle ages interpretation of the Bible through Guttenberg amplified the Roman interpretation where one line of Jesus on the cross to James "tend to our mother" does not mean Mary is the mother of all men as taught by Romans who in their paganism worshiped the idea of a virgin birth as a sign of "immaculata" The teachings of a possibly syphylitic Paul were further mis-interpreted as directed at the whole church, when his writings were letters to specific churches in response to specific issues facing them, including churches in Greece where homosexuality was in open practice and accepted in society.
The whole business ignored cultural practices of the day, like the woman at the well. She is there at mid day the hottest part of the day because she is a whore - "woman you have five husbands" and is banned from being there with "clean women". His engaging her could have meant him being stoned.
So we have countless examples of him associating with the scum of "society" but people whose hearts he knew. One of the reasons he so outraged the religious law makers of the day was that he associated with people who might likely be banned from temple any given week.
"it is not the healthy who need a doctor."
I do not follow Jesus as God because I am pure, but because I an a sinner, will always be a sinner in this life and need Him to teach me how not to be