I’ve grown up in and believe in a movement that is all about commands. Let me rephrase that…I’ve grown up in a movement, and still believe in a movement, that is all about some commands. Unfortunately, the passion had for some passages is missing when it comes to others.
Hebrews 13:2 for instance. It packs considerable command force linguistically, but I’ve never heard someone suggest that to not invite someone into their home when they had the opportunity was a sin. Something here has to give. If we looked at Hebrews 13:2 like other passages, nobody would get to heaven. Or, maybe just maybe, grace would actually mean something significant to those who did. But I digress.
Until the last several years, I never put much into Hebrews 13:2. I rationalized it away like I did so many other things. But that changed in one night. Hebrews 13:2 became real to me and I will go to my grave believing that the last half of the passage is, indeed, a real possibility. But that’s another story for another time.
Would we look at people any differently if we believed that maybe, just maybe, those people were more than who we thought they were? What if the panhandler at the exit of the local WalMart was something more? What if the girl with piercings in her nose, eyebrows, tongue and maybe even those some snake bites below her bottom lip was more than the outward would indicate? Is it even possible? If not, what are we to think of Hebrews 1:14?