Here’s the thing about the gospel – it is not exclusionary. Jesus simply wants you to come home.
Being church in the wake of Sutherland Springs: are we on the defensive, or still God’s open invitation?
So who are we? Are we an invitation… or a barrier… or a lighthouse… or a gatekeeper… or a discouragement… or an ambassador…?
God’s arms open wide; the Creator’s generous heart receptive to everyone who walks through the doors; the faith community speaking God’s “Yes” with a distinct clarity into a world where affirmation is sometimes scarce; the invitation of Jesus in all its simplicity and power: come, everyone who is carrying any kind of a burden.
If you have more than enough food and there are people starving, then you invite them in to eat; it’s a no-brainer. There are people starving for meaning, and purpose, and joy – a restored relationship with God – and we have the words of eternal life…
Life with Jesus is full and rich in a way that is not possible for me outside of the incalculable beauty of the community of God’s children. I honestly don’t think any one of us is complete without him.