“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.” Romans 16:16
Church has always been a family; brothers and sisters in Christ living life on mission in the world. And though that fact has not changed, the way believers have expressed their love for those in the family depends largely on culture. For followers of Jesus in the first century, greeting those in Christ with a kiss was an expression of love for others in the family of God and the unity that they experienced together. For you and I, specifically in the western culture, greeting another believer in Christ with a kiss is typically not welcomed or appropriate because of the difference in our cultural context from those in the first century. But the principle still remainsJesus followers should always look for ways to extend love and hospitality when greeting those who are part of the family of God.
What are some culturally appropriate ways you can extend a loving greeting toward other members of the family of God?