we welcome short people

This is along the same thing as a recent post of mine, Belief or Deed. The church, along with every other institution, and Christians, along with every other person, may say one thing yet actually do another.

How many times have we heard that we are “_____-friendly” when all the signs point in the other direction? We hear a lot of talk about being inclusive and sharing power from white middle-class males. It looks and sounds great.

But show me the money!

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  • I’m waiting to see what Sojourners official response is… ;o)

  • John T

    David, Great cartoon. Have you ever experienced the other side of this? This past Sunday someone visited our church that heard we were “accepting and open.” He tested he waters by being disruptive and dominating the discussion. I was tempted to show “Shorty” the door! But didn’t.

  • Gene

    Love this.

  • Often the lovey -dovey spin is usually exposed for what it is when the group paradigm is questioned – the caring sheep turn into wolves, leaving the newcomer very, very confused.

  • Right, John T.,

    Every once in a while we get a jerk who visits a bible study, or worship service.

    We ususally put up with them…until they cross the line. Then, out of Christian love (for the congregation) we suggest they’d be happier elsewhere.

  • jeremy


  • No small miracle that the excluded would even make the effort to try to reach the door knob!

  • Van

    So John T…..you mean u wanted to show him the door because he had a opinion that was different then u and in true christian fashion, physically through him out the door?

  • Jo – Sojourners has issued an official response on the God’s Politics blog via Jim Wallis and Tim King.

    Brian McLaren commented here where he noted another blogger (Nadia, pastor of a queer friendly church in Denver, also sided with Sojo)

    They both hope to enact change from within. IMO, that is done by speaking out while still being affiliated with an organization.

  • oh your blog and your cartoons are like music to my soul. thank you for your open heart. I have been trying to be transparent about my faith (or shall i say struggles with the Christian faith)… and just today I posted a rather open blog post. And coming here… it feels like I’m not alone.

  • thanks Jenny for the wonderful compliment. Funny… someone told me about your blog a couple of years ago. nice to “see” you again.

  • Loved it! 🙂

  • thanks jessica!

  • John T

    Van, I don’t know where you get “physically through him out the door,” because that wasn’t what I wrote. Also, I didn’t say that I had a problem with him “because he had a opinion that was different then u.” Our church welcomes different opinions, as I wrote that we are “accepting and open.” We just don’t appreciate when someone is “being disruptive and dominating the discussion.” My apologies for not being clear.

  • Christine

    John, Steve – That all depends on what you mean by “disruptive and dominating” and “crossing the line”. Both phrases are anything but clear. I think people would view both those things in very different ways.

    And that might be part of the reason for the situation that inspired the cartoon. Some people may think of themselves as being “accepting and open”, when that means something else entirely to their visitors.

  • Scott Gerard Prinster

    There’s a distinction to be made between welcoming all people and welcoming all behaviors. I have had to point out the difference in every one of my former ministries, and I think that it’s important that we explain the difference to newcomers (and long-timers) who act out — we hope that they’ll stay, but that their disruptive behavior takes a hike.

  • Marie Houck

    I have a lot of problems with throwing ANYONE out. Those who are being disruptive and dominating, those who “cross the line”, may be the ones most in need of ministry. What unmet need is their behavior fulfilling? How can we minister to those needs, while at the same time protecting others in the congregation from being hurt by their inappropriate behavior? Those people who need extra grace from us, from God — what does it say if we tell them they aren’t good enough for us to share our churches with them?

    I am not suggesting finding ways to work with folks who are so seriously damaged that their outward behavior is challenging to be around will be easy, or that there may not be times when they simply cannot be allowed at a specific event without some pretty specific controls in place to protect everyone.

    I am suggesting that churches are not supposed to be places that exile the broken among us.

  • so is being short a behavior issue?

  • ta1

    Well, there is the embodiment of TRYING to “reach out to other kinds of people”. Fraught with comedy of errors and sometimes that comedy is not very funny. Sometimes we actually create a mirror of ourselves by trying to be “accepting” of someone else. The point is not to be “Accepting”: someone else, not like us, is not subject to our “acceptance”. Rather we need to look inside ourselves and ask precisely why we might believe “them” to not be like “us” to begin with. Then concentrate on eliminating our implied reasons for believing in those boundaries.