Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Congress on Hospitaly



Let me be the first to summon the church of Jesus Christ to a National Congress on Hospitality. We could hold it in Minneapolis near the Betty Crocker Kitchens, and perhaps we could borrow the Pillsbury Doughboy as our symbol. After all, there's some truth to the slogan, "Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven."

The biblical word for hospitality means "a love of strangers." Sometimes people who visit our churches feel unwelcome. No one greets them or notices them. Hospitality, however, can break down barriers and build bridges. It can make strangers feel more welcome than just a word in the church bulletin.

For those tempted to shrug off my call for a Congress on Hospitality because they are planning another evangelistic outreach, let me insist that hospitality doesn't conflict with outreach; it complements it! Inviting someone in for coffee, offering to babysit, taking a meal to a sick mother-all these show that we care. And people listen to someone who cares.

On second thought, I withdraw my call for a Congress on Hospitality. Instead, let's invite a few lonely folks to our homes and show them genuine Christian hospitality. -HWR

The good we do is never lost;
Each kindly act takes root,
And every bit of love we sow
In time will bear its fruit.


CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN AN OPEN HEART AND AN OPEN HOME

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