All are welcome

This inclusive phrase graces the signs of many houses of worship but seems especially fitting for Churches of Christ, Scientist, around the world. As a Church founded by a woman who knew what it was to be publicly criticized, marginalized, and even made homeless for her religious convictions, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and its branches open their doors to all humanity. It is an invitation without qualifications. Please, it says, come in.

There is nothing new in this warm welcome. Millennia ago Deuteronomy instructed: “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt” (10:19). The hardship of one’s own experience should impel a compassion for others, cultivating a right relationship not just with our neighbor but with God, who is Love itself. Be expansive, be inclusive, be generous with what you have—this is what the Bible was establishing as a guiding precept for the children of Israel.

Bible Lens
Bible Lens—June 5–11, 2017
June 5, 2017

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.