“People We Don’t Like”

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Laura’s Essential Life List for this week is titled “People We Don’t Like, Don’t Want In Our Church, And Don’t Want To Spend Eternity With.”

What a brilliant and extremely Essential Life List to have! Why not start yours today!

So what do you think? Why not start your very own list of people you don’t like, don’t want to have in church, and don’t want to spend eternity with?

Well, for one thing, it doesn’t sound very much like something Jesus Himself would do, does it?

Yet I think that if we would be honest with ourselves, there have been times when we have thought, “I really don’t want to have to see that person in heaven. I’m not sure I could handle it if we lived next door to each other in heaven for all eternity.”

Crazy thoughts, right?

And yet the very same people that we might want to exclude from church now and heaven in the future may be the very same people who avoid anything related to Jesus because of how they perceive us. That is extremely concerning to me.

The only group that Jesus ever called out specifically with a warning were religious hypocrites.

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them.” Matthew 23:13

My list just has one item on it right now, and it’s a “thing,” not a person or group of people: any remnants of a self-righteous and exclusionary attitude in my own heart.

One thought on ““People We Don’t Like”

  1. Yes, you are certainly right about Jesus denouncing hypocrites. It is a terrible sin to keep people away from God, which is what hypocrites do. I’ve never thought of anyone I wouldn’t want in heaven. I figure if a person gets there, they will be made perfect anyway. I will say, that since I have social phobia, it kind of freaks me out about how crowded it will be there. Lol But I know I won’t have social phobia in heaven.

    I am a smoker. The church I used to go to would have to take my name off the books if I went back to it. They have a sheet-ful of rules to keep before you can become a member. I guess that’s fine. Every club has its rules. But, thank God we aren’t saved by being a member of any church.

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