And, Yes, Hospitality Is Not Optional.
Thank you, Harvey, for your latest reflection on the importance of hospitality. Really helpful.
Hospitality is an inextricable part of friendship. In this context, we are particularly talking about cross-cultural friendships. My encouragement to everyone is to consider that, as Christians, we have a unique opportunity to model to the world something much more powerful that any secular approaches to achieving ethnic and racial harmony can ever achieve.
Secular approaches - where we are required to be ultra sensitive in the questions we ask and the words we use - actually lead to greater separation and lack of confidence, born of fear of ‘saying the wrong thing’. Cross-cultural friendship, by contrast, builds confidence, builds trust, and models love to the world.
…and cross-cultural friendship, in all its forms is not just about welcoming the stranger (important though that is), but about recognising that our NEED for each other’s contributions in order to see more of the richness of God and his Kingdom.
Let’s get on with that hospitality!!
Prof thank you for this reminder wisdom.
I agree with you that hospitality isn't optional as it implements the command of love.
Remain favoured Prof.
Worth reading write up. Shalom Sir.