where are all the important people?

where are the important people cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“Where Are The Important People?” (ink on paper, 8″x8″)

Somehow the story of Jesus has become a corporate reality dominated by powers, authorities, celebrities, and experts talking about growth, success and what’s important while distinguishing itself as the best among its peers in a divisive world it fully intends to divide further by its predominantly exclusive message that rewards only those who accept it without question.

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  • Connie

    That’s a mouthful!

  • haha. meant it to be.

  • Jesus is not dominated by anyone.

    He is God incarnate. Coming to us in a specific person, in a specific way, at a specific time in history, for a specific purpose.

    So many just hate that.

  • Jermaine R.

    He didn’t say Jesus was dominated by anyone. He said his story was. There’s a big difference.

  • Kris

    No one hates that story; what people hate is when some Christians want to dominate our society in his Name b/c they believe they are superior to others.

  • gio

    so so good.

  • Danny

    The wise men weren’t even at the birth.

  • J Fiddy

    Obviously they were busy lobbying Herod for a reduction in male child overpopulation…

  • Jermaine,

    You are absolutely right!

  • Caryn LeMur

    Hmmmmm… I am glad that David put the seeking Wise Men in this cartoon, along with the seeking shepherds. Churches seem to no longer honor the seeker.

    I remember complimenting my Hindu co-worker on her religion and seeking the spiritual. I strongly lean in favor of ‘the eyes of the Lord search throughout the earth for those that fear Him’. My co-worker was searching, and the eyes of God knew that….

    The Jesus that welcomed seekers and questioners… that had time for late night debates with a seeking Nicodemus… that complimented the faith in a seeking foreigner called a Centurion… that honored the proverb speaking Cannanite woman…. I miss Him at the churches I visit. I miss Him being there … a lot.

    Much love in Christ always and unconditionally; Caryn

  • Carol

    Women, children and slaves, were among the most powerless and vulnerable members of society in Jesus’ time and culture.

    Jesus was unjustly condemned and executed, not to satisfy the demands of Divine Law; but because he was a “sign of contradiction” to the hierarchical power structures of a patriarchal society and the Roman Empire:

    A sign of contradiction, in Catholic theology, is someone who, upon manifesting holiness, is subject to extreme opposition. The term is from the biblical phrase “sign that is spoken against”, found in Luke 2:34 and in Acts 28:22, which refer to Jesus Christ and the early Christians. Contradiction comes from the Latin contra, “against” and dicere, “to speak”.
    According to Catholic tradition, a sign of contradiction points to the presence of Christ or the presence of the divine due to the union of that person or reality with God. In his book, Sign of Contradiction, John Paul II says that “sign of contradiction” might be “a distinctive definition of Christ and of his Church.”[1]
    When the Christian Church became a civil religion in the West (Christendom), it became a sign of respectability and temporal power rather than a sign of contradiction.
    A blog post on becoming “as a little child” in our relationship with God:

  • Norris

    Same problem as with pictures of the Last supper: everyone on the same side! But we do see why they decided not to kneel.