Acceptance, Not Approval

“[H]ospitality characterizes those who don’t fuss over different worldviews represented at the dinner table.  The truly hospitable aren’t embarrassed to keep friendships with people who are different.  They don’t by the world’s bunk about this.  They know there is a difference between acceptance and approval, and they courageously accept and respect people who think differently from them.  They don’t worry that others will misinterpret their friendship.  Jesus dined with sinners, but he didn’t sin with sinners.  Jesus lived in the world, but he didn’t live like the world.  This is the Jesus paradox.  And it defines those who are willing to suffer with others for the sake of sharing and gospel living, those who care more for integrity than appearances.”  Rosaria Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018), 13.

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