Because the market evaluates people in terms of their production and consumption, a society that nearly defies the market’s “invisible hand” can start to value people based on the same criteria. Christian hospitality, in contrast, accepts people wholly as they are, with no advantage seeking or expectation of reciprocity, no litmus test of economic worth or usefulness. A person’s worth is derived permanently and unequivocally from their status as the precious handiwork of God. Thus, our hospitality should emerge as we seek to follow the Bible’s ordinary yet deeply radical call to embrace the other.
– Smith, C. Christopher, Slow Church, IVP Books, 2014