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.