They Look Pretty Equal to Me

(In response to this post)

About M J Shepherd

Matthew graduated Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BA in studio art and a minor in art history. He has been drawing cartoons and comics online for several years.

  • Andrew L

    nice job.

  • Rain

    Gotta love a healthy dose of self-righteous snobbery:

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”


  • TBJ

    I saw a video the other day of a pair of cheetah’s chasing a pack gazelle, they were right in the midst of a pack of photographing tourists who were parked on some road. What got my attention was the gazelle’s behaviour in dealing with the road, it’s like some of them thought the road was a barrier that needed to be jumped over. Even animals think that barriers are hurdles that need to be crossed. In the end the cheetah’s got so freaked out by the humans freaking out, they split the scene.

  • Heathen Mike

    Yes, great cartoon! Nicely points out that what seems at first simple religious arrogance is more likely evidence of how insecure the adherents of the “be not unequally yoked…” verses really are.
    It sounds to me exactly like the same insecurity displayed to me as I was transitioning from devout “born-again” to “Not.” I was 19, home for the summer from my first year at college–an independent big-name school. I had, to that point, already figured out the church was full of hypocrites and the Bible full of fallacies and questionable advice, but I was still clinging to the possibility that maybe God was still true despite all my core teaching sources being false. I was home for the summer break, invited by the head-pastor’s wife/the church pianist, to sing a solo Sunday morning. I loving singing so picked a “Contemporary Christian” number I liked that was big on kindness and not judging others and avoided any focus on rules. She chatted with me about my college experience around our rehearsal, and in a conspiratorial tone whispered “You know, you really have to be careful at those secular universities, because you’ll hear so many ideas and notions that just sound sooo… reasonable, and if you’re not careful, they can worm their way in there and separate you from your faith. I just nodded, but she did not realize it was the exact wrong thing to say to me at that moment in my developing understanding, because it exposed her belief system as one that can’t pass the test of honest scrutiny.

    I wonder, if you can’t be unequally yoked, can a Methodist marry a Presbyterian, or a Catholic an Episcopalian? I feel accomplished just spelling those. What if you marry “your own kind” and they convert. Then what do you do? I know lots of people who convert to their spouse’s faith to simplify weekend logistics and for marital harmony–my Pentacostal sister became Lutheran like her husband. But how committed a believer are you, then? Uh oh!

  • bobmo

    Shepherd was an Art History minor? People need to quit picking on Art History students.