She Went to Church But Couldn’t Go In

"She Couldn't Go In" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“She Couldn’t Go In” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


Yesterday in my online community The Lasting Supper, people were discussing which cartoon or post or whatever drew them into The Lasting Supper.

This was one of the cartoons that made the list.

Several people mentioned how much they identified with Sarah in this drawing, and that they still find it very emotional.

Of course, I drew it inspired by my own experience of feeling on the outside, and watching things and people go on without me.

At the same time, I couldn’t go back to that. I have moved on and I’m better for it.

And so is Sarah.

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5 Replies to “She Went to Church But Couldn’t Go In”

  1. Yes! I do remember this one! And, it does resonate with me, as well.

    I think that, as a person begins to question, they move from the in-group to the out-group. They realize they speak a church language that is not understood by anyone but their denomination – and they question the limits of their church sub-culture.

    They may hold to a mixed view of evolution plus religion; they may consider many bible stories to be fiction or a mix of fiction and fact.

    They may wonder… and ask honest questions.

    Unfortunately, most churches would rather have you leave, than stay and keep questioning. Even many of my church friendships had an unspoken rule of ‘do not question’.

    And, to be honest, I think it is far easier to explore, wonder, and ask questions outside of the continuous influence of an in-group church viewpoint.

  2. This is interesting but we need more information on Sarah. Why did she leave to begin with? Maybe she just chose the wrong church to go to. Maybe that Church was not meeting her needs. Or maybe she is in sin and refuses to deal with that sin. There are a million reasons why Sarah may have left and why she feels she cant go back in. Some may be legitimate and some may not.

  3. Hmmmm… ok, Phillip. In your opinion, what are the legitimate reasons for leaving? And of course, your list of illegitimate reasons?

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