Question 45. This is such a dopey question but I just can’t seem to work out an answer and I have now been thinking about it for 3 or 4 minutes. So I would like you to answer it. If a family of another religion came to stay with you for a couple of months would it be ok, to Jesus who you want to be Lord of the house, that they did their prayers in their bedroom each day.
Answer: This isn’t a dopey question at all. I have been thinking about this off and on for a couple of weeks, and haven’t landed on a solid answer. I just kept thinking of more questions: Where do you draw the line? What if the family didn’t profess a faith? Is it OK for them to stay, but not the other family? Can only people who have the same faith as you stay? What is the distinction? How would you know? What does it mean for Jesus to be Lord of the house?
As I’m writing this, I thought about Jesus saying, “Love your neighbour” and “Love your enemies”. If everyone is considered a “neighbour”, and anyone who doesn’t love Jesus is considered an “enemy” of his, and therefore ours – harsh, but stay with me – how would Jesus respond to them? He would show them the same love and hospitality that he showed to his friends and followers. Worshiping other gods in your house (and a “small g” god could be any of a number of things, some of which we Christians also worship. Shock, horror!) doesn’t knock Jesus off his perch as Lord of the house. Jesus would extend grace, but he would also talk to them about the Truth, the Way, and the Life.
So, my answer is Yes. It would be OK for them to do their daily prayers in their bedroom, and it would be OK to talk about their faith, and your faith in Jesus, and invite them to share in your family’s prayer time. Because I reckon that’s what Jesus would do.
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Next week’s question: No. 29.