As we continue to focus on what it means to be a church that is welcoming to our friends and neighbors, we want to keep pointing you to a great book called The Simplest Way To Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements.
Last week we started blogging through the highlights of that book. This week we continue with Chapter 2. Check it out and let us know how it has helped you.
Chapter 2: We Know What You Are Thinking…
1. Biblical hospitality is difficult because it is completely counter-cultural to the way our society thinks.
“When it comes to pursuing biblical hospitality as a way of life, we immediately happen upon a major obstacle: almost everything in our culture is set up to hinder us from pursuing it.” (pg 29)
2. There are four different cultural “currents” that we will need to swim upstream against to practice biblical hospitality. They are:
We want our homes to isolate us from the rest of the world. We think of our homes in terms like oasis, privacy, and retreat. We want our homes to get us away from others.
“There is, of course, nothing wrong with appropriate isolation and wanting your own defined space. When taken to the extreme, however, a desire for isolation is at odds with the biblical values of community, hospitality, and neighborliness.” (pg 30)
“Our homes should be places where we relax and unwind. They are a grace gift from God, meant to rejuvenate and restore our bodies and souls through rest and Sabbath. As with any desire we make too ultimate, however, if we place personal relaxation and refuge at the forefront of our home’s purpose, we lose God-given opportunities to practice gospel-driven intentionality.” (pg 33)
As Christians we must look critically at our tendency to be addicted to entertainment, “because if screens take up too much of our time and energy, that will lead us to further isolation and we will forsake any sense of mission for our homes.” (pg 34)
“Most people are so busy and frantic that they do not have a vision for how a lifestyle of sharing life with others in their homes could possibly fit into their schedules.” (pg 34)
3. A New Way to Think
“Pursuing biblical hospitality as a way of life will take a very intentional shift in your life and mentality… You’ll have to learn to think of your home primarily from a Christian perspective and let that mindset uproot the ways your culture has taught you to view your home.” (pg 35)
Pray this week that God will help you get over these hindrances and think differently about hospitality.