Welcome to the Table

Photo by Leif Inge Fosen on Unsplash
Photo by Leif Inge Fosen on Unsplash

The pastor spoke of ‘radical inclusion’ this morning in the message. It was amazing.

The term ‘non-religious worship’ (I’ve never heard that one before) was also rattling around in my head after the message.

God is always welcoming non-believers, the non-religious, non-card-carrying-members into the fold.

Many of the legalistic, us-four-and-no-more, are going to be unhappy about it, but that’s OK. They are ‘the blind leading the blind’.

The fields are already ripe for the harvest. (John 4:35).

Can we put down our political differences, our racial differences, our sexual differences, our (whatever) differences, and learn to love?

Instead of ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’, why don’t we stop focusing on hating anything, and learn to love, period?

Paul said in Galatians 1:15-16, “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me…”

Paul preached that God was already there inside, before he could make any sort of confession of belief. God showed Paul that Christ was already there in him, and revealed Christ to him as in him.

The seed of Christ is already hidden in every ‘unbeliever’. We who believe, are, through the Holy Spirit, watering that seed, nurturing and growing it, until is sprouts forth into belief.

Holy Spirit is already there in the life of those who don’t know God. “In Him we live and move and have our being.”

God is already there. Can we see others as Christ sees them?, ‘seeing no man according to the flesh?’

Can we welcome ‘others’ into the fold?

I believe we can.

It will take a radical shift of perspective. It may require breaking our religious lenses so we can see with fresh eyes.

But it’s worth it.

To those who believe, welcome to the table.

To those who do not believe, welcome to the table.