INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION


The Kingdom of God is a story about inclusion and exclusion. The ones who were promised the Kingdom ended up rejecting it—excluded from their own inheritance. Adam and Eve are excluded from the Garden of Eden.



Jesus tells other provocative stories—the Good Samaritan who was an outsider showing the insiders what true mercy looks like. Inclusion…

Or how about the most vulnerable and poor being invited to the King’s party because the normal guests were disinterested and making excuses for not coming? Inclusion and exclusion…

The adulterous woman being protected and restored… inclusion…

The theme of inclusion and exclusion permeates the Scriptures.

The Gentiles being a wild branch grafted into the domesticated Jewish fig tree… inclusion…

Separation of the sheep and goats… inclusion and exclusion…

Rich men and the eye of the needle… exclusion…

The Great White Throne Judgment and the Lamb’s Book Of Life… inclusion or exclusion…

When my 16-year-old friend Mitchell died in 1978, he was excluded from earthly life but included in the Eternal Kingdom. 

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