As Christians I wonder how much we pursue a cloister of “safe” community over sharing our lives with “strangers.” We are called to be hospitable, without grumbling, yet we are at times the least of hospitable people. In a world of isolation and loneliness, how are we inclusive and loving?
Nate Branson has a great article on Relevant about being willing to be hospitable and it is worth a read.
“The advice in 1 Peter 4:9 says Christians are to “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” In the original language, the word “hospitality” is translated as philoxenoi or “loving strangers.” Yet what would make someone hesitate or “grumble” about being hospitable? Did the Christians Peter was writing to have misanthropic or anti-social tendencies? That sort of uneasiness about unpredictable social situations makes people stay in and watch television. But there is a way Christians can practice loving strangers and fight against loneliness…”
“Those who risk their personal fears and comfort levels for the sake of hospitality slowly make an anonymous Western world a bit smaller and a lot less lonely. All this can happen at a simple gathering.”
Hospitality should be second nature to a people on the receiving end of the ultimate of hospitality, adoption into a family.