I have written a couple of posts on the importance of welcoming visitors or strangers to a group. This is particularly important if it is a Christian group, right? Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."
In this video I talk about the implications of a Christian group ignoring a needy stranger. If someone is lonely or needy, who better to greet them than Christians?
Fortunately, my friend Lisa wasn't needy or desperate, but she was lonely at a Christian event she attended recently. And no one greeted her. Or talked to her. Or took her up on offers to go to lunch with her. Or dinner.
In fact, she told me that as she was sitting alone at a table in a crowded dining area, some ladies approached to ask if anyone was sitting at her table. For a brief moment she felt a ray of hope. But that was before they took the empty chairs to their overcrowded table, leaving her alone again.
And if you are a Christian, commit with me to seeking out the lonely and embracing them.
We are the light of the world, after all.