keeping the church inflated

inflatable church cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“Inflatable Church” by nakedpastor David Hayward

Only people who have worked or volunteered for churches understand this cartoon.

Only people who realize they exist to fulfill the fantasies of its leaders get what this cartoon is about.

Only pastors who finally face their exhaustion at keeping something inflated with hot air see the point.

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://www.facebook.com/jim.wehde Jim Wehde

    And the number of people get fewer and fewer…and have to pump harder and harder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.spjut.9 Shawn Spjut

    I’m not sure knowing I understand it is a good thing or a bad thing.

  • Adam Julians

    So – what you are saying is that in the churches you talk of, there is a lot of hot air and, gvien the position in which the steeple is inclined a lot of impotence too!

    Yeah I get it! Reminds me of what my college principle has said.”Existing forms of Christian worship and community do not attract outsiders (and may even repel them). There should be no offence except the cross of Christ”Tiplady R, 2011 ‘The
    Pilgrim Church Needs a New Home’ pp.141-147 in R Dowsett (ed.) Global Mission Pasadena: William CareyLibrary

    It is a problem with pastors and volunteers facing exhaustion. Been there, done that – not going back again.

    Thankfully there are some church expressions that are not like that and Christ came so we may have life in its fullness (John 10:10). Part of the adventure that we call life is seeking that life out. It’s there if we look for it whole heartedly. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/2TrakMind Kevin Burgess

    And I would argue that The Church, was never intended to attract outsiders to it in the first place. We were called to “go into all the world;” not set up a big top and try to attract people to the show. The further and further we get from God’s purpose for the body of Christ, the fewer and fewer people will be there to keep the institution inflated. That may actually be the best thing for it!

  • Adam Julians

    I woud dismiss your argument as irrelevent. Beleivers are instructed to not give up meeting together in scripture. Once someone comes to faith in Christ they are a believer and the Greek word for church is ecclesia which means gathering. So the church is a gathering of people who have a common faith in Christ.

    Either you are misunderstaind me or I haven’t quoted Tiplady cleary. Of course I would counsel against being attracted to that. The scriptures are full of instructions regarding false teachers. I would share your distaste for the “big show” that becomes more about the event than Christ.

    I agree. If the picture of the church that you depict is representative of what it is like, then it would possibly be the best thing if it did die out. The branches that bear fruit will be pruned so they bear even more fuit. That that don’t will be cut off and thrown into the fire.


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