A tweet from author Rachel Held Evans read:
“When you think about it, dismissing all other traditions as faithless is one of the crueler lies of evangelicalism, because it often deprives those of us who fall away or get kicked to the curb of a second chance at church.”
In other words, the Church ought to keep keep its eyes, its heart, and its collective mind open always, least it shuts out the Spirit of God from transforming its seeing, its feelings, and its thinking.
Human beings must do the same. Especially those who make up the church universal, the Body of Christ. We never know when we’re dismissing angels we’re supposed to be entertaining (Hebrews 13:2). Hospitality not judgment is the bar set by which we are measured (Matthew 25:31-46). Jesus clearly stated, “Do not judge others” but “love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34). Seems pretty logical.
By dismissing someone’s faith or beliefs is to deny or reject your own.
Think about three things you can do today to show hospitality to someone. How might you treat them like angels?
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"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”