left or right

left or right cartoon by nakedpastor david_hayward

“Left or Right” (ink & colored pencil, 8″x8″)

I talk with people every day who are at this very crossroads. It’s very congested here. Lots of traffic! People hesitate. Why? Because it can be a frightening place to be. People turn either way. I’ve seen both. I’ve done both.

I’ve seen people make a conscious decision to turn right. I’ve done it. It cost me. I learned the hard way. I’ve also seen people make a conscious decision to turn left. I’ve done it. It cost me. It was worth it.


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.

  • Rhonda Sayers

    I was at that cross road just a little while ago…made a right turn, but then quickly made a u-turn to go back and make that left.

  • Pat

    David, I’m all for questions and questioning (and your question mark cartoons are amongst my favourites from your output) but isn’t this something of a simplistic/false dichotomy?

  • Richard

    Surely if you ask questions, there are answers.
    So…if you turn left, there is an answer and you end up turning right down the line somewhere??!!

  • John

    There is great freedom in learning to be comfortable with unanswered questions and embracing paradoxes.

    The need for an answer is part of the problem.

  • Kris

    I am with John, the questions are what keep me going. Once I have an answer, I often lose interest in a topic.

    Also, I don’t always agree with the answer. One that is often used is “Well, everything is God’s will.” That makes no sense because the premise of free will is the freedom to choose to do God’s will or not to God’s will. And I will never be comfortable with the idea that horrible things that happen are God’s will.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    I think all of my cartoons, and perhaps all cartoons, are true in part. It is a work of art, open to all kinds of interpretations. Whatever story you attach to it is what it means to you.

  • Ang

    Once you close your mind to not being able to question anything and are not open to question or are not allowed to question, your freedom is taken away. So security would be in always being able to question.

  • John Sennett

    Been both ways myself. It is better with questions, mystery and wonder. You don’t have all the answers but that’s good. You don’t act like a know it all. You don’t judge others so quickly. You have freedom and learn love, joy, peace, forgiveness…..Where have I heard that?

    What helps me is that Jesus asked a lot of questions to get people to think and wonder. He didn’t give a lot of answers.

    Don’t forget who he criticized the most.

  • Pat P.

    I like how the differentiation between the two is that one is “worth it”, the other is not.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    I LOVE freedom.

    I’ve found that those on the Left always want a larger government. And that government is all about control, rules, programs (with the best of intentions).

    Usually, those on the Right want smaller government. Less control equals more freedom. Even if it’s just a little more freedom.

    It does seem to equate to politics. The bigger the government, the smaller the person (less freedom).

  • Ang

    Steve, not me…
    More questions = smaller government.
    Less question = letting the dictators do as they wish.

  • Patricia Brandt

    Everything is not black and white and everything is definitely not political…

    Sometimes questions bring you freedom and sometimes answers bring you freedom. All roads are the right road. I see a lot of self righteousness in some of the comments but we are all one no matter which road we take. Peace and love!

  • Kris

    I am govt and I bet many of you are. I pay taxes, vote and could run for office (becoming a govt employee). Govt is the collective will of the people a lot more can be accomplished as a group (i.e., infrastructure). And I am always questioning things related to govt because I am a central part of shaping it.

  • Pat P.

    I think, Kris, a lot more can be accomplished by forward-thinking groups. And while I do believe in questioning, the way can be made very miserable for those who question by those who find questions threatening.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    America’s Founders had it right (for the most part)

    Less govt. means more freedom.

    Bigger govt. means slavery to that govt..

  • http://antichristaliens.com/ Lock Ledger

    First theological cartoon that I have seen since Ziggy.

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

    If we are talking about untestable things, keeping in the question mode seems healthy. If, however, something can actually be tested and refined to better and better approximate reality, then ‘tentative’ answers are important.

    So, I think the false dichotomy of this cartoon appears when domains of knowledge are not made clear.

    Theology, of course, can’t be tested. It is built to be untestable.

  • Linda Ouma

    I agree with you John Sennett, that it is better with questions, mystery and wonder. I like cartoons they make even adults laugh, enjoy and believe like children.
    I think it is not wrong to have questions, infact it is healthy since some answers might be wrong and yet there are those who believe them.
    God says in the Bible that His ways are better than our ways and His thoughts are Higher than our thoughts. I have a friend who is a believer in Jesus Christ and the way of salvation, but is afraid to question God about why not everyone is a believer in Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.
    Why would a loving God make people go to hell where there will be suffering forever just because they did not believe in Jesus Christ? I agree that being a believer in Jesus Christ I do not have the answers to all the questions. But that is why God says in the Bible that it is important to have faith and that it is pleasing to Him.(Hebrews 11:1,6)