outside church

look at the colorful sunshine outside!

Where’s the light? Where’s the color? Where’s the happiness? Where’s the love?

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.

  • http://heretichusband.blogspot.com Heretic Husband

    Why, there’s two colors, black and white, other colors would just confuse things (and lead to false doctrine).

    Happiness? Everyone is happy! Happiness is mandatory!

    Love? REAL love is telling someone the truth in love (God loves you so much that he created you with no knowledge of him and will burn you in hell unless you accept Jesus).

  • Gary

    Wow!

  • Syl

    My first thought was that something was wrong – there are shades of gray inside this church, not just black and white. But then I thought – that’s actually right. There are shades of gray – unacknowledged, but definitely there, which is why questioners start looking around and eventually end up outside, in the sunshine and light of day, enjoying the colorful world as it really is.

  • http://dmergent.org/2012/05/11/reclaiming-the-family-of-god/ Doug Sloan

    “A very clear attribute of the ministry and message of Jesus and the conduct of the early church was that ministry and message occur out there, not in the synagogue. While ministry and message are public, they are not to be overtly offensive, not in-your-face abuse, and they do not demand change as a requirement to hear the message or to receive ministry. Change can occur and it happens through the resurrection and transformation that is experienced when the ministry and message of Jesus is embraced and internalized.”

    RECLAIMING THE FAMILY OF GOD

  • Steve

    A lot of Sundays I’d rather be flying a kite. I’d get just as much out of that.

  • greggmac

    Hey Dave,
    I am wondering lately why you call yourself a grafitti artist on the walls of religion when you seem to focus only on Christianity not religion as a whole. I never see any mention of the glaring flaws found in Islam for instance.

  • Syl

    Steve said: “A lot of Sundays I’d rather be flying a kite. I’d get just as much out of that.”

    This makes me wonder… What if you did fly a kite – or do something else, especially with family or friends? I’d guess that you’d not get as much from it, but more. What if the often quoted but rarely applied catch-phrase “what would Jesus do” were applied to this?

    Would Jesus sit inside and listen to yet another sermon because it’s expected? Would he go through the motions out of habit? What would the Jesus who fed the 5000, turned water into wine, overturned the money changer’s tables, and said that as is done to the least is done to him – what would he do? I don’t mean the miracle or anger aspects of those stories – I’m thinking of the guy who attracted thousands to an outdoor teaching session and then made sure they were taken care of. The man who was part of people’s real lives and the things that are most important to them. The one who didn’t defer to religious tradition because it was expected. You know, the out of the box, into the sunshine, bigger than expected and very down to earth Jesus. Not the Jesus of doctrine, the “correct” one to believe in. What would Jesus DO? Not say, think, expect, demand, require – but do?

    Somehow I think this guy would go fly a kite with his kids and have a picnic with his wife and know it was good.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    greg: because the cartoons i draw can be applied across the religious board. any religion can take it and apply it. i use christianity and the church as the platform for my analysis because i am a christian who loves the church. mainly that’s the reason.

  • greggmac

    Thanks Dave,
    But I would have any easier time buying that if I saw the occasional mosque or imam in you artwork; just saying.

  • Richard

    You are liable to get “slammed” if Islam is criticized. Not so with Christianity.

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    I try to supplement my kids atheistic upbringing with anthropological fieldtrips to churches, synagogues and temples occasionally. But this cartoon is exactly what they usually see — a dry, boring, dead “sanctuary” and everyone outside having fun. They’d much rather ride bikes, kayak, go on a hike, work on some building project, draw or play with friends in the yard.

    I still love the anthropology and laugh at myself for expecting them to enjoy my peverse hobbies. :-)

    Although when I took my daughter to a local Hindu Holi celebration, the color-tossing in their temple were good fun for her — even better than kite-flying.

  • shelly

    You are liable to get “slammed” if Islam is criticized. Not so with Christianity. (Richard)

    The last part is not true.

    If you criticize Christianity, there is a big chance you will get slammed… by other Christians, namely ones who have no sense of humour or who have their heads so far up their back passages they can’t see another point of view.

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    Most atheist blogs don’t slam Islam either. Reasons offered by bloggers on why they don’t criticize violent, oppressive Islamic groups are questionable to me too. Certainly sticking to what we are familiar with is reasonable and self-criticsm is incredibly helpful. But speaking out against oppression and violence is always important.

  • heart glow

    greggmac maybe it’s because the cultural relativists have seized the day. you might only get away with criticising white, western islamicists

  • Helen

    NP you must be a mindreader. In my family, Sunday is now called “Church of the Open Air” meaning its hang-gliding day (big kite flying).


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