Peter openly described the situation of the early church. They were living as foreigners and exiles (1 Peter 2:11). James writes his entire work with understanding that his listeners were exiles. Their faith was calling them to live differently from the culture. Instead of noticing class and ordering the community as culture does, God called us to see one another as brothers and sisters. God calls us to go beyond seeing, to acting like everyone we see is a brother or sister. One of the marks that expresses faith in action is the action of hospitality. In opening their tables, Abraham, Rahab, and others welcomed God into their lives. There may be no more foreign expression of life in our ultra-controlled and concealed culture than to welcome people, without regard to class, around a table with you.

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