Our willingness to sacrifice for an enterprise is always in proportion to our faith in that enterprise. Faith has the genius of transforming the barely possible into actuality. Once men are dominated by the conviction that a thing must be done, they will stop at nothing until it is accomplished.
– Samuel Zwemer, The Glory of the Impossible
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
We should thoughtfully consider how we might care for those who are strangers and sojourners among us. This is all the more important as the church is called upon to care for the refugees fleeing the atrocities of the Syrian civil war.
You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV