“Hospitality” is a neglected virtue. Scripture commands us to show hospitality (Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9), including to strangers (Hebrews 13:2). But the word is also being used in a different sense in contemporary churches, more like what we blogged about yesterday: inclusion.
What I did not realize is that this new meaning of hospitality–accept everyone no matter what–evidently derives from a book by Jacques Derrida, the postmodernist philosopher who popularized the practice of “deconstruction.”
Anglican theologian Hans Boersma writes about this in an article for First Things criticizing the practice of open communion. First, he says, the call for “eucharistic hospitality” led Anglicans and most other Protestants to offer the sacrament to all baptized Christians. Now, he says, some are saying that even non-Christians should be communed “as an act of gracious hospitality.”