A friend shared this story with me & it made me very frustrated:
This story frustrates me greatly. If the Church is not a place for the outcast, what is the church to be? If we live and die by the term community, at the heart of a thriving one is Inclusivity. My friend went on to say in reflection: "This is a perfect example of the way that our fear of the 'other' affects the message that we preach. "
We should be so inclusive that sometimes our comfort is ignored in order for an outsider to feel like an insider.
This is not easy, but as divisions continue in our world, the church (us) need to be people who stand above it.We should be known for our warm hospitality not our cold judgment.
I don't know what this means for you. But I'm going to start inviting those who are "on the fringe" to my next social event. I'm going to do everything in my power to welcome those who feel ignored into a relationship with me where they feel heard.