“People We Don’t Like” (Reboot Version)

Several posts ago I had promised to share this with you since it’s referenced in “Raspberry Bombe vs. Miracle Pie.” This is the Reboot Version of one of the very first Laura comic strips titled “People We Don’t Like.” In a way, it’s what you might call “Classic Laura Wilson” because it shows a side of myself that is unpleasant to view. The commentary that follows has been updated only slightly from the original. Interestingly, Sunday’s homily was based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 and was about how we are not the ones who do the sorting!

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 unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13 (KJV)

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.

6 thoughts on ““People We Don’t Like” (Reboot Version)

  1. Great post. Our next door neighbour is an alcoholic and he came to the village church once a few years ago, and the response from the congregation (and the vicar) was as if someone had left a cartload of shit in one of the pews.
    I did nothing, didn’t welcome him.
    We’re all guilty of being Toxic Christians unfortunately from time-to-time.

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  2. I like Laura because she shows how awful it is to think the way she thinks. My sister and I were asked to leave church once because our dresses were too short. Lol We were in our twenties. My father saw some people of our church tell an African-American family to leave and go to the black church. This was in the 1950s. The lady at my church who was in charge of the poor said she didn’t want them coming into the church for clothes because they would get the carpet dirty. My pastor didn’t want my daughter’s friends to come to her wedding because they might smoke in the parking lot. I told him it might be the only time these kids would be inside of a church. He shut up after that.

    In complete honesty, when I am angry with my husband, I tell God I want him to live on the other side of heaven when we get there. Lol

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