‘is it any wonder – when people are more likely to receive grace, acceptance, forgiveness and restoration at the corner pub than they are to receive the same at church – that our bars are full and our churches in decline?’
i fear this dynamic has less to do with our theology and much more to do with our hospitality toward the Other. certainly the former effects the later, but the fact remains :: people are less interested in what we believe and have much greater interest in how we will treat them.
and like it or not, our churches don’t exactly have a reputation for being the most accepting and loving places in the world.
the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.
if we can commit to following the example jesus sets for us of standing in solidarity with the Other – those who have been marginalized and pushed to the edges – even with those with whom we may not agree – then perhaps we’ll begin to become known for the love by which christ encouraged us to be identified. you can make a difference in your faith community. be the difference.
what things can you do to ensure that your church is accepting and loving of all people?