No Graphic, Just Gratitude

With the problems that I’ve experienced lately with connecting to the internet for posting and reading, I think it’s time to take this as an opportunity to regroup and reevaluate. I’m grateful that this has lasted as long as it has with the limited technology that I have! 

I want make sure that everyone knows how grateful I am for their likes, follows, comments, support, and encouragement. Hopefully I will be back soon either here or somewhere else with better technology and fresher ideas.

With my main and best source of internet access being posting here at the library, I may still add a few graphic items here occasionally. I may also post occasionally to the blog that eventually led to this one, A Very Dangerous Bible Commentary. (Don’t worry. It’s only “dangerous” to me because it prompts me to change myself. It’s really my questions and thoughts for myself.)

In the meantime, I will leave you with the collect prayer from this past Sunday which seem particularly relevant right now.

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thanks so much,

John

“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.