They Want Let Me In

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
October 27, 2007

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. People were filling the church to its fullest capacity! As they entered, each were given a bulletin filled with announcements, topic of today’s sermon, what songs they would sing and who to pray for.

At the end of the line stood an older man. His clothes were filthy and you could tell that he had not bathed in days. His face was covered in whiskers where he had not shaved for a very long time. When he reached the usher, he removed his tattered old brown hat in respect. His hair was a long, dirty, tangled mess. He had no shoes on his feet, and wore only soiled, black socks.

The usher put his fingers to his nose and glared at the old man and said, “Uh,I’m sorry sir, but I’m afraid we can’t let you in. You will distract the congregation and we don’t allow anyone to disrupt our service. I’m afraid you’ll have to leave.”

The old man looked down at himself and with a puzzled look on his face, he placed his old brown hat back upon his head and turned to leave. He was sad as he loved to hear the choir sing praises to the Lord. He loved to watch the little children get up in front of the church to sing their little songs. He carried in his pocket a small worn out Bible and loved to see if the minister preached a passage from the Bible that the old man had underlined.

He was respectful enough and didn’t want to cause any commotion, so he hung down his head and walked back down the steps of the big brick church. He sat down on the brick wall near the edge of the church yard and strained to listen through closed doors and windows to the singing going on in the church. Oh how he wished he could be inside with all the others.

A few minutes had passed by when all of a sudden a younger man came up behind him and sat down near him. He asked the old man what he was doing. He answered, “I was going to go to church today, but they thought I was filthy and my clothes are old and worn, and they were afraid I would disrupt their service. Sorry, I didn’t introduce myself. My name is George.”

The two gentlemen shook hands and George couldn’t help but notice that this man had long hair like his. He wore a piece of cloth draped over his body tied with a royal purple sash. He had sandals upon his feet, now covered with dust and dirt.

The stranger reached out to touch George’s shoulder and said, “Hello, George, don’t feel bad because they won’t let you in. My name is Jesus, and I’ve been trying to get into this same church for years, and they won’t let me in either.”

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12 comments
  1. Harbin77 said:

    Sad to say but this is so true and we are starting to keep Him out if every thing. Jim

  2. Hate to be “that” person, but I figured you’d want to know that the “want” in your title probably should be “won’t”…
    Loved my daily dose of Dilbert and thoughtfulness.

  3. mrdodd said:

    AMEN! The people inside the church had a far greater need than the one who was turned away.

    • MTJames said:

      I remember reading of a religious assembly where members weren’t allowed to associate with “sinners.” If you weren’t just like them, they would snub you, gossip about you, or even bar you from attending services. But that’s okay, they didn’t much like Jesus, either.

  4. So very true of many churches these days. Thanks for sharing, Kenny T! God bless! 🙂 Dave

    • Hey Dave, It’s great to hear from you!!!! I hope all is well with you and your family??? My responsibilities at work have intensified over the last five months and are finally starting to move toward a more manageable state…… More work and less people, you know the tune…. Take Care my Friend and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

  5. So sad but true. It used to be public places but more and more churches are missing the mark. It’s not about religion! It’s about a relationship with Him. God bless you!

  6. Father, in Jesus name, forgive us for such truthful indictment! Father, humble us and remind us from where You pulled us so that our eyes are upon You and upon Your creation and we can do what we have been called to do, each and everyone of us, who call You Lord. Let us remember that SERVICE to others, is the example of LOVE You set before us in ALL of Your Words to us! Forgive, us, strengthen us, show us where you want each of us to SERVE others, in Christ Jesus’ precious and Holy Name! Amen and Amen!

  7. dbp49 said:

    Unfortunately, because of the way I look, I’ve been to that church, and several others just like it. Usually though, they just tell me I can’t sit wherever I’m trying to sit, because its their seat. I always wonder if they would make room if they could see my friend Jesus standing there with me.

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