All Are Welcome

God invites everyone to the party. Who are we excluding?

(Listen to my song “All Are Welcome” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 22:10

The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.

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In this parable…Jesus likened the “kingdom of heaven” to a king giving a wedding feast for his son.

Many of those invited ignored the invitation.

But the king wanted his party…telling his servants to invite “whomever you find.”

So they came…the bad and the good alike.

Jesus keeps showing us how accepting and magnanimous God is.

But we human beings are not so open.

We don’t always want to be with…well, you know, “those people.”

We may only want to be with people like us…you know…like republicans…or democrats…or white people…or Christians…or straight people, etc.

The kingdom of heaven is open to all without exception.

Only those who don’t want to be with everyone will find themselves in the “darkness” where there will be “wailing and grinding of teeth” (Matthew 22:13).

I suspect the invitation to return…will always stand…because what else would Love do?

May we reach out beyond all lines of division in solidarity as one human family.

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Listen to the song of the day “All Are Welcome” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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