It also is a reminder that the church was intended to be a place that opens its doors and invites people in. Sometimes we, as the church, get it right. Sometimes we show people the church Jesus intended.
The United Methodist Church has this saying, “Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds”. The sign our pantry leaders put out yesterday shows open hearts and open doors. It is impossible for us to open people’s minds to the Good News of Jesus without the open hearts and open doors. Once they see our heart and are welcomed into Jesus’ church, then they can have their minds opened. Romans 12:2 puts it this way:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
It’s not that we invite the world in to the church because we have open minds and so that we can learn and adapt to their way of thinking. On the contrary, we invite them in so they can learn what the Scripture teaches about Him and be changed themselves. And if they choose not to be changed, it won’t be because we didn’t have open hearts and open doors. And it won’t be because we accepted the ways of the world, which some are inclined to do.
I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know. So guard yourselves and God’s people…. I know that false teachers… will come in among you after I leave.. some will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. Watch out! ~ Acts 20