One of the main purposes of the church is to attract people to Jesus Christ. However, sometimes Christians don’t do a very good job of putting out the welcome mat. We use “churchy” words and phrases that make it seem like we’re talking in a secret code. We can’t disguise disapproving looks when interacting with someone who doesn’t dress the way we think they should. We can be judgmental about someone else’s sinful past while thanking God that he has forgiven us for our own transgressions. We are friendly to each other on Sunday morning, while paying precious little attention to guests in the assembly. We don’t attempt to develop relationships with our unchurched acquaintances.
It seems that we often put up barriers that hinder people who may honestly be seeking God. Instead, let’s all try to do a better job of putting out the welcome mat.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”–Colossians 4:5.