Periodically I get fundy spam from well-meaning relatives sharing the "good news" with each other. You know the kind, the ones that end with "send this on if you believe in Jebus. Delete this if you don't". Well I'm starting a new blog feature that I'll call "fundy spam" and when I get the odd fundy spam worth commenting on, I'll share it with you.
This one was called "Serious Message" and was a simple set of cartoons that I've added my own thoughts to on the side.
Here we see the sheeple, living out their dream of tagging along in Jeebus' wake as he commanded in Luke 9:23 "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."
Look at the world they are living in- drab, joyous, meaningless plodding along carrying an instrument for their own torure with them.
However, they are all wearing pants, that's something! Personally, I'd hate to drag a cross in a skirt and heels.
The journey continues. But why alone? Because Jebus commanded it saying in Matthew 10:34-39 "34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
The cross is getting heavy and starting to be a bit of a.... well a drag really. But our sheeple knows that Jebus said in Matthew 17:20 for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
But as in all things prayerfully done it all boils down to the pleader getting off his tookus and taking care of business himself.
Wow, he's whistlin' Dixie now! What a load off!
Just look at him off in the background there, why his cross doesn't even drag on the ground anymore! No more bumping along for him, no sirree!
With some of the load off he realizes that there is nothing to see but sheeple from horizon to horizon draggin' their big ole heavy crosses along behind them.
Still, lugging that stupid thing around is boring and starting to get heavy again. But in Matthew 11:28-30, Jebus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart' and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." So it's not supposed to be heavy, the cross burden should be light.
If only it were lighter....and cooler...
...but "cross" is so first century. Maybe something more heroic.
Like a two-handed wooden broadsword.
And with his new improved heroic cross, our sheeple begins to whistle, "Onward Christian Soldier, marching off to war".
Uh oh.... the other sheeple still have big honkin' wooden crosses they can use to cross the gap. Notice how the sheeple are only worried about getting themselves across. There's no building a bridge and putting up handrails.
No thought of checking to see if friends, family members or people they care about get to cross too, let alone if pefect strangers are making it.
Nope, following Jebus is a personal thing, "I get to go cross the gap because I carried the whole cross all by myself so."
"You didn't- well, sucks to be you!"
"I will get to see you roast in hell though! Scream nice and loud so I can hear you over the nacho chips and dip I'll be eating."
Awwww that sweet love of the fundy comes ringing through loud and clear, does it not?