This Christmas season, this question weighs heavily: “Can Christianity be inclusive?” Frankly Christianity in its many forms is largely – and often deservedly – not seen that way. Instead of inclusive, it is often viewed instead as clubbish, judgmental, set apart.
And yet this … the “good news” proclaimed in the Gospel is to be good news for “all nations.” That remains the call.
What does it mean then to be “good news” to “all nations”?
Maybe this …. If Christianity is to be good news, it must be good news for everyone.
- Do our neighbors experience our churches as good news for the community where we serve?
- Do other nations feel a sense of relief when they think of this nation as being a largely Christian nation?
- Do other faith leaders in non-Christian houses of worship, as well as those with no faith, regard it as good news when they interact with their Christian neighbors?
- Do the poor, the suffering – widows and orphans as the Bible phrases it – experience in Christianity good news as they face a wide array of needs and challenges?
- If you are a Christian, do others experience “good news” when you enter a room?