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This has been one of my most popular cartoons. I wonder why? Could it be because it is so common?
I think so.
My mother’s church built an annex onto their building several years ago and it’s named after the pastor and he’s not even dead yet! Usually that kind of thing is done posthumously.
I’ve only attended one of the more “modern, non-denominal” churches. While the scripture reading and sermon were pretty conventional, the rest seemed very human, not God centered. For one thing, there were no Christian symbols. And the room was black, except for the spotlights on the speaker or musicians. The scenes on the screens were of the musicians. Hey, I really didn’t need to look at a screen to see the musicians. Ditto for the pastor. There was a video, again, about man, not God. Yes, the prayers were to God, but completely pastor led/dominated. There was no corporate prayer or anything for the people to do to take part in worship except to try to sing the “praise songs” which were about the praiser not the praisee.
More like: “Let’s give all our money to Paster Bob!”
I can see why it’s so popular, David. It’s great!
I avoid people / places like that now I’ve learnt to trust in discernment and not what people are tellking me when they say somethign tis wrong with me for not likeing the “show”.
Perhps the the popularity of the cartoon is down to the desire we all have for belonging, and realising how commonplace it is that in order to find such with people or churches that you depict in the cartoon that belonging comes at high personal cost. And it’s good to satirise the culture that encourages such.
We do live in a celebrity culture and it’s easy to get sucked into it without realising what is going on, because everyone else is doing it. Having said that, it’s not something that is unique to our times. “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one
another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” (1 Cor 1:10-12).
It is a humble leader that says like the angel, do not worship me, i am a fellow servant.(Rev 19:10).
Does that make sense anyone?