Why should I let my light shine?

cartoon of two men. One says, I would like to let my light shine, But I'm afraid I would be accused of arson.
This cartoon appeared in the January, 2015 CHOG News e-newsletter

 

Thanks to Jesus words in Matthew 5:16, Christians love to go around talking about letting our lights shine. As an introvert, that verse has sounded like a threat to me instead of a dose of encouragement. If I let my light shine, do I reveal something I may later regret? Will I look like a fool because what I shone light on was a nice, little skeleton in someone’s closet?

Then again, whenever I listen to the news and hear the latest doom and gloom about the latest crime, terrorist attack or miscellaneous dirty deed, I realize the world could use a little more brightening.

Should I let my light shine? What’s the alternative? Do I sit around and watch the world get darker and scarier? Or do I do something good with what I have? Should I be concerned someone will take my good deeds and turn them into something horrible like arson?

Dr. Martin Luther King went endured abuse and lost his life in the name of civil rights. If we do good, can we expect abuse? Yes, people who go against the status quo and reveal darkness can expect pushback. But light and love must prevail.

On this Martin Luther King day, I am reminded of one of his quotes:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. at brainyquote.com

Should I let my light shine? Yes, I’ll do the best I can. It’s the only way to drive out the darkness.

Memorizing Those Books of the Bible

Cartoon of a boy bragging he knows all the books of the Bible

Cartoon of a boy bragging to another, “I memorized the books of the Bible. Did you know they’re all bestsellers?” Continue reading “Memorizing Those Books of the Bible”

Pop up evangelism

Cartoon of a guy sitting on a park bench. Another guy pops out of a tree and says,

Happy Pentecost or Whit Sunday! This cartoon seemed like just as good a one for this day as any. Besides, It just came out in a newsletter.

I must admit I’ve never been as bold as the guy in this cartoon. I’ve had others who share my faith and from other faiths come up to me. And I admire them for their boldness. I’ve always found it easier for me to draw and write my thoughts as opposed to speak about them. No wonder I love blogging!

You may have a good idea from my blog posts where I stand. Then again, maybe I’m  cryptic.  If you’re curious, feel free to email or comment and I’ll be glad to share my story.

I drew this for the June CHOG News.

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No rim shot, please!

Cartoon of a pastor and a sound technician

Cartoon of a sound technician and a pastor. The pastor says, “When I open the sermon with a joke, please don’t use a rim shot.”

Sound and PowerPoint operators have a lot of power. They can make or break a church service.  Have you ever been in a worship service and the words didn’t match what everyone was singing… including the worship leader? Yes, it can leave the congregation all flustered.

A few weeks ago, I witnessed the power of the tech guy. A guest pastor was saying how much he loved his beloved baseball team. The technician didn’t agree with his choice. So the tech guy proudly displayed HIS favorite baseball team’s logo.

Beware of the tech guys, pastors. They have more power than you realize!

I drew this for the April, 2014 Church of God Ministries e-newsletter.

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Impressive Misquote

Cartoon of a guy misquoting from The Bible

Cartoon of two debating men. One says, “Impressive quote. But that isn’t in the Bible. It’s from Benjamin Franklin.”

Why do we like to debate? What is it about a comment here or there that makes me want to get in the last word? Sometimes, when I am making the case about something, I wonder if what I said was really from the source I thought it was. But nobody wants the facts to get in the way of a good argument, do they?

Yesterday, I got into a Twitter argument with a guy pretending to be a nineteenth century preacher. How silly is that?  He’s making accusations as if he is the reincarnation of this evangelist, and I took him seriously. Sometimes my blood boils about the silliest things.

So keep your head out there! Don’t misquote from the Bible and certainly don’t argue with long-dead saints. It’s just not worth it.

I drew this for the March, 2014 Church of God e-newsletter.

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