Stranger is not a term that has a particularly positive connotation. We learn from an early age that “stranger = danger.” This is a great concept for young kids to learn about possible dangers in unfamiliar places, but probably a concept that refines with age. Right? I have to admit, I carried that memorable caution into my adulthood.
"People who are strangers must be bad, and therefore, should be kept at arm’s length.” It wasn’t necessarily an expressed thought, more of an underlying theme that conveniently supported my introverted wiring.
What does God’s Word tell us about strangers? Here’s a hint, it lacks the memorable rhyme schemes of my childhood learnings. Hebrews 13:1-2 tells us, “Keep loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Did you catch that? The author of Hebrews places showing hospitality to strangers in the same breath as loving our brothers and sisters.