September 25, 2015
The Welcome Mat
During a community initiative to discuss city elections a large number of county residents, as well as some from neighboring counties, packed the room. It’s hard to imagine people taking it upon themselves to go from one county into another county thinking they have the right to weigh in on municipal government. Although I can’t say for certain, I suspect a few pot-stirrers in the city wanted to bolster their own power base so they invited outsiders to come and play in the political arena. Someone made these non-residents feel welcome and I wonder if something similar took place during the early church. Jude wrote, “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 4 NIV).