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.