what kind of success do you want?

ladder to success cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“LADDER TO SUCCESS” (drawing by nakedpastor David Hayward)

I did this cartoon almost 7 years ago! Wow!

I’m the first to admit that I want success in my business and financial life.

But I suggest that Jesus is the wrong person to model your life after if you want to enjoy popular success during your lifetime.

It totally depends on what kind of success you want. Do you want to be successful in the world? Or do you want to be successful in yourself?

I don’t think the story of Jesus portrays him as against success. But he was more interested in the quality of the person than the quantity in their bank account.

If you want to live a courageous life, a life in pursuit of truth, love, peace and justice, a life of radical independence, then I’d say Jesus is your man.

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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.

  • Liza

    “Then Jesus is your man”…love it! But it is possible to be both successful and to model your life after Jesus isn’t it?

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    I’d say so. Ya.

  • Mark

    And there’s always the question of how much success is enough.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    I like Jesus in the following way.

    He found a way to fight (without fighting) an occupying force (the Romans) in collusion with local religious leaders by preaching that everyone had within them the ability to overcome the prevailing social structure, find truth, and care for others even outside their own tribe or community. This is an idea that has a lot of appeal. It will probably remain unknowable whether Jesus believed himself to be the actual Son of God or whether that was a metaphorical tool used to communicate ideas or simply words put in his mouth by others who wanted to see a more rapid growth of Christianity. The “convert or burn in hell” theologies seem to have come later once the power structure flipped and the Christians became in charge. The original message seems to have been lost for many. For those who find it, good for you. For those that keep saying “convert or burn in hell”, that message is losing its currency.

    For the comic, I think Jesus was a revolutionary and revolutionaries seldom end up with the accoutrements material success. They measure success in different ways.
    Although with the right balance in your life, you might be able to have a little of both.

  • Michael Muto

    I agree that following Jesus is not a pathway to “success” the way it is typically defined. I’d change one word above David, independence to dependence.

  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    Hello Jeff.

    I agree with you it is a sad fact that the greatest part of Christendom leaves out the central message of Jesus which you describe:

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/the-central-message-of-jesus-die-zentrale-botschaft-von-jesus-unten/

    That said I do believe he had clashes with some pharisees and saducees but he never threated a homosexual or adultery woman with hellfire.

    It is unfortunate that the Gospels don’t emphasize more the fact that there were also good pharisees.

    Lovely greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com

  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    “If you want to live a courageous life, a life in pursuit of truth, love,
    peace and justice, a life of radical independence, then I’d say Jesus
    is your man.”

    It is enirely true but it should also be mentioned that Jesus wants us to eradicate the evil in our own heart.

    Lovely greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com

  • Melody Kay Young

    This is truly awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    You’re welcome Melody!


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