Why do Christians focus so much on people that refuse to do business with believers? Are they afraid they will get slimed by sin from touching an unclean person?
It reminds me of an old saying my dad liked to describe overly cautious parents who would tell their kids:
"Don't go near the water until you learn how to swim!"
Yes, it is a paradoxical statement. A kid must go into the water in order to learn how to swim. It is impossible to learn to do something without trying it out first.
It seems that this is how overly cautious Christian leaders are treating folks not already committed to Christ with a flawless record of tithing, bathing and carrying the King James version of the Bible!
Are preachers telling their flocks:
"Don't go near those sinners until they act like HIM?"
I know of parents that complained that the kids in Sunday school with their kids were not sufficiently pious! Do they want the church to turn unchurched kids away?
How many parents spend thousands of dollars to keep their children from being contaminated by a public school peer group?
Would you refuse to invite non believers to your church? What if the church web site advertised that everyone was welcome to attend your services and some real, obvious sinners showed up?
What about it?
Can we handle people that are not asking, "What would Jesus Do?"
Think it over. Read my book Hope and Change for Humpty Dumpty, especially the chapter on churches being a healing community.