Unfortunately, there are many places of worship that aren’t exactly welcoming. This is especially true when the person in question is someone considered less desirable. In other words, someone who is poor, dirty, homeless, drunk, etc. Thankfully, there are congregations that welcome everyone, no matter their station in life. This video posted by Officildivinea, viewable below, is an example of the amazing things that can happen when a congregation lets God lead and welcomes all visitors.
What Happened in the Video?
Imagine the congregation’s surprise as a drunk, homeless man staggered to the front of the church while the minister was speaking. There was one man who is obviously trying to get the man to sit back down. However, he will not be deterred. Soon, the minister gives over his microphone over to the unexpected performer with no idea what is going to happen next. You will not believe what happens when this man gets control of the microphone and hears music playing.
This man’s voice, which was before was slurred and difficult to understand, suddenly became the clearest most beautiful voice imaginable. All over the building, the congregation members were likely shocked at what they were hearing. This situation perfectly showcases why it’s so important to be open and welcoming to everyone who wants to worship during a church service. By standing in their way, you never know what blessing you and your congregation might be missing out on.
What The Bible Says About Welcoming All to Worship
The Bible is clear on how believers are to treat strangers, welcoming them into their homes or into their places of worship. Here are just a few examples:
Romans 15:7 “Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
Hebrews 13: 2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
1 Peter 4:9 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
Leviticus 19:34 “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.”