Why do you have this recurring pattern in religious circles
It's usually that you have one person who is labelled as a bad kid or rebel by the others. Maybe he smokes weed, or sleeps around or steals or maybe he gets into fights with others. Later on the outcast who is shunned by everybody changes and becomes even more righteous than the righteous people who never needed to repent. Jesus selected a zealot which in modern times would be a terrorist, a tax collector and John selected a couple of prostitutes to be their disciples.