Talk to Strangers

Christ’s Call to Love Those Unlike Us

Christ’s church is marked by fearlessness, by the power and love of the Holy Spirit of God (2 Timothy 1:7). Christians are the people in the world most free to love, because the only one we need to fear — God, who has authority to judge our souls (Luke 12:5) — has become our Father through the blood of Jesus his Son (Romans 8:3–4, 15).

Christ commands his church to show love to strangers without fear (Romans 8:9–10; 12:13; Hebrews 13:2). We don’t welcome those unlike us because we merely want to appease the world with our inclusiveness. Rather, we welcome others because we want them to enjoy with us the God who welcomed us when we were not simply strangers to him, but enemies (Romans 5:10).

Watch the full interview, where Mike and David discuss race, culture, and loving our neighbors without fear.