cartoon: growth of an idea

This is the danger of ideas. If we love them too much they take on a life of their own and can turn into inhumane ideologies. The next logical step is it becomes an idol which dominates and rules us.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Mark VH

    Ideologies are worse than demons. Scratch that. Ideologies are demons.

  • Trey

    What a great idea you have presented here, David! Wait a minute… ;-)

  • richard bruxvoort colligan

    Ooh, good one, David. Was it Barth that said worship always leads to some brand of idolatry?

  • Daniel

    God is above all ideologies. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop understanding him. For instance, I can say God is love. I can also say God is not love because he is so much more than what I know about love. Lastly, I can say that God is not NOT love, which means that I accept that he is love, but that God is more love than I know and all that I could say about him will never adequately explain it all. For me, this line of thinking is a good way to avoid idols and avoid putting God in a box.

  • Jonathan Brink

    You’ve been watching Inception. ;-P

  • Anna Cogliandro

    Seriously. Your cartoons lately are like some kind of biography of my own spiritual journey. This is the truest of the true.

  • nakedpastor

    cool anna. thanks so much!! glad.

  • nakedpastor

    i guess it is inceptionish.

  • Daniel

    I haven’t seen Inception yet, so I really don’t relate to what you’re saying. Though, I do want to see the movie, so don’t tell me.

  • Christine

    If I had to carry around all my ideas like that, it’d be pretty scary.

  • Fred

    Any ideology which turns into a an idol can be threatened by a new idea. And every rebellion carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction.