However much you and I can relate to the awkward difficulty of talking about heaven and hell over supper, Hitchens's dilemma misses the point. We're not like doctors who need to work on our bed-side manner. Actually, all of us who believe were at one time marked for perdition ourselves. But you could say that hospitality saved us. We were once strangers to God, but are now welcome (Eph. 2:12); enemies, but now friends (Rom. 5:10). The Lord Supper's reminds us that we are traitors not just forgiven of treason, but brought in for supper. In Luke 7, when Jesus chides Simon the Pharisee for not lowering himself enough to wash his feet as a hospitable courtesy, we get a foretaste of the hospitality of Jesus. He not only wrapped a towel around his waist and carried a basin for his followers, but he also eventually put a crown of thorns on his head and carried a cross so that curtains could be ripped and veils torn, bringing us into God's presence "with confidence" (Heb. 4:16). So it's no surprise when God calls his followers to demonstrates hospitality. For instance, when the Lord was giving Israel instructions in Exodus 20 and Leviticus 19 on how to treat strangers and outsiders, he said to love them and "treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you." Why? Not because the foreigners were created in God's image (though they were). He says, "For you were strangers in the land of Egypt," and "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." Suddenly, the grounding for love and hospitality shifted---not only, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," but also, "Do unto others as the Lord has done unto you." Jesus said something similar to his disciples as he was taking off the towel from his waist: "Love one another, even as I have loved you." Or consider Paul's reasoning: "Remember that you were at one time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in this world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near" (Ephesians 2:11-13). Paul simplifies his point later on in Ephesians: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Ephesians 4:32-5:2). This seems to be the pattern of the church in Acts from the very beginning. In Acts 2:42-46, Christians were eating together with glad hearts, sharing the Father's hospitality. But notice the result: not just, "And they became closer friends and their fellowship was more intimate." Remarkably, "the Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47). Evidently, Christians managed to invite unbelievers to supper, sharing their food and homes, along with their faith---like Paul, who famously said to the Thessalonian church, "So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves" (1 Thessalonians 2:8).