Would you welcome those who are from the LGBT or that woman standing on the corner selling herself? What about that bi-racial couple or the family where everyone knows the man beats his wife on a regular basis? Would you welcome a known drug user?
Consider this from James 2:
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”also said, “You shall not murder.”If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
This scripture has really convicted me about how I would react. Now I have to give it to our church. Most people in our church do not dress to impress. The church is very laid back and it is not very often that a visitor arrives into our church without someone welcoming them. We are about our town’s community.
That person you welcome today could one day be a
great evangelist winning millions for Christ!
When I was younger and went to Sunday School, they taught us “Jesus Loves The Little Children – ALL the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and while – they are precious in His sight! Jesus loves the little children of the world!”
As an adult, do you still believe this? If someone came into your church with torn pants and matted, dirty hair, would you greet him or her warmly and show them a place near the front to sit or would you try to hide them in a back seat.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that WHO–EVER believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.