Inclusive Church

The Gospel is all about inclusiveness, not exclusiveness. The whole message of Jesus when he came to earth was centered on breaking down the exclusive walls that kept people at arms distance from relationship with God.

Most of the stories in the Gospels is about Jesus reaching out to people on the fringes of the religious establishment whether they be rich, poor, disadvantaged, ignored and despised. Some people interpret Jesus ministry to be primarily to the economically marginalised but even in Luke’s gospel where Jesus ministry to the marginalised is emphasised there are numerous references to Jesus ministering to the wealthy (who also can be very much marginalised – for example: 5:29; 7:36; 14:1; 19:5).

When Jesus made a whip of cords and cleaned out the temple of the money changes and marketplace profiteers, the point of the story wasn’t about God’s distaste of inflation, it was about God’s rejection of exclusiveness in his house. Jesus concluded with the words, “It is written, my Father’s house shall be a house of prayer for all nations.”

When Jesus gave us the Great Commission he said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” God’s heart is for all people to be included in his kingdom and we as the church need to tear down the walls that stop people from entering into a personal relationship with Jesus.

When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the temple was torn in two signifying that the exclusiveness of the law that separated jews and gentiles from personal relationship with God was forever broken by Jesus sacrifice on the cross.

We as God’s people have a responsibility to incarnate ourselves and go to the people with an inclusive attitude rather than a superior attitude. We need to create an environment where people feel welcome and loved and accepted when they do connect with us.

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