it’s all about relation$hip$

it’s all about relation$hip$ August 29, 2011

Sorry I didn’t get my post up this morning. We were without power for nearly 12 hours. So I’m posting it now. I must say it was a very strange experience not posting my morning cartoon.

I wanted to draw a cartoon that portrayed the confusion often experienced, not just in churches, but in many organizations and even businesses. Even though the talk might apparently say that what is valued is one thing, embedded in the attitudes, speech and behavior of that organization is what is really valued. The problem is that too many of us are too willing to accept the superficial speech rather than the sure signs.

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  • Pat Pope

    “what is valued is one thing, embedded in the attitudes, speech and behavior of that organization is what is really valued. The problem is that too many of us are too willing to accept the superficial speech rather than the sure signs.”

    So true!

  • Christine

    I’ve been to that church!

    Can you do one for the churches that have “Everyone’s Welcome” signs out front? They crack me up.

    Sometimes, when people or groups feel the need to point something out, it’s because it’s the exact opposite of the truth.

    Of course, everyone should be welcome. Just reading the sign makes to ask yourself “why wouldn’t they be?”… then you start to wonder… wonder about what this group is “tolerating” that they might no be inclined to if they didn’t feel obligated… and whether that oligatory tolerance will really feel welcoming.

    (And then there are those who geniunely have the sign because others aren’t welcoming – but of course the sign is then no good, corrupted, so they modify. But how long before their modifications are corrupted…?)

    Same thing here, perhaps. The need to say that relationships are a priority exists solely because they aren’t.

  • Relationship is vital in your cartooned church especially with those who believe and practice tithing to the leaders… sorry to God.

  • Ed

    As long as we’re still being called members and not ‘tithing units’

    I don’t have a problem with Christianity, I have a problem with Christianity Incorporated. Christianity Inc. only exists to perpetuate the Incorporation. I get that impression some places I’ve gone.

  • Dave

    That’s the nature of any organization, Ed. At a certain point, its own survival becomes its primary purpose. Self-preservation is a powerful drive, no less so for denominations, businesses, bureaucracies, etc, than for organisms. It takes something even more powerful to overcome it – something like love.

  • Pat Pope

    @Dave, it takes love not only of others but the greater good. Too often we just love the wrong things.

  • fishon

    Christine
    August 29, 2011 | 3:19 pm
    Sometimes, when people or groups feel the need to point something out, it’s because it’s the exact opposite of the truth.
    ___That is so true. Makes me think that NP is a closet fundamentalist. Yep just the opposite of what he rails about.

  • fishon

    Pat Pope
    August 29, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    @Dave, it takes love not only of others but the greater good.
    ___Yep, but a big battle over what constitutes “the greater good.”

  • Jerri

    LOL!

    Love the ties!

    Nice touch!

  • We never quite get away from the “all we need is love” plus of course a little financial help, please, after all everyone’s got to live etc. Buy my pigeons: just right for sacrificial rites.

    “The problem is that too many of us are too willing to accept the superficial speech rather than the sure signs.”

    Of course it’s the problem. Always. Appearance vs reality–your 8th grade English class. What’s the cure?

  • PS: I love the folded legs at the knee. Nice touch.

  • Love it! With over 4500 face book relationships you could ask $200 or more for this one Dave!

  • I always dread stewardship sermons; we don’t need to be hammered to want to give to the church we love.
    Thanks for a great cartoon!

  • Ed

    You’re spot on.

    The founder of the company may have left the building nearly 2000 years ago.