This semester I am taking a class about theology in a global context. For me it is a very stretching class, but it has been successful in making me take a closer look at things I really stand for and believe in. In order to study what people believe around the world it is important for me to come to a conclusion on my own beliefs. So all in all I have been forced to decide my opinions on a lot of theological issues. There are some specifically that hold greater value in my mind or maybe I have just had greater personal experiences with them. I am actually looking forward to studying more in this class and getting a little more globally minded as I get to view theology through the eyes of people all around the world. One certain conversation we had in class was about hospitality in other cultures, and our own, and the value we place on such an ideal.
In different cultural settings different offenses have more or less impact. For example when speaking of hospitality it is viewed if other ways according to a person’s culture and upbringing. I came to realize the value and importance of of hospitality this summer. I grew up with the two most hospitable parents on the planet. We had an ‘open door’ policy in our house and people were constantly cycling through our home. We even had several periods of time when people came and lived with us. So even though hospitality did not come naturally to me I have learned to fake it because of my parents. It wasn’t till this summer though when I spent every week in a different host home that I learned the value of good hospitality. I was part of a team where we took the camp experience on the road to different churches all over Ohio. The Churches would provide homes for our entire team of 22 people to stay at. Most of these homes were wonderful and it was a great experience to be welcomed into Christian homes and be cared for. These families would go out of their way to make us feel at home and even spoil us. And although there were a few odd homes it was a great experience over all. I had a greater appreciation for the church and realized the importance of hospitality as a pillar of a healthy church body.