Radically welcoming isn’t a phrase used by the churches I’ve attended. They’re mostly earmarked marked by a selective, cautious welcome. People are watched warily to see if they agree/disagree with various truth claims, or align with certain behavioural standards, before they’re called insiders.
Jesus’ welcome blasted right through people’s sensibilities and identities. He challenged their rules, traditions, expectations, affiliations and experiences.
Churches now often use a marketing approach to fine-tune their welcome:
“People who look like our current demographic(s) would love to join us.”
It’s easier to form and express solidarity with a group who looks, thinks and talks like each other.
But that wasn’t Jesus’ words or practice.
And if we’re following Jesus, that should at least give us pause.