Love Versus Scripture

"Scriptures Versus Love" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Scriptures Versus Love” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


We all bring our own hermeneutic to the text. Love would be a good one.

(EDIT: I want to clarify something about this cartoon. I want to be very careful about conveying any kind of anti-semitism that is an issue in Christianity. Perhaps I would have been wiser to portray Jesus talking to people in modern day clothing rather than to people in the clothing of his day. I do not want to communicate that Jesus is talking to Jews, but to people in general, challenging us on our hermeneutic. Thank you.)

(EDIT #2: I’ve replaced the cartoon with a better one of what I was trying to communicate. For an apology, please go to THIS POST.)

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5 Replies to “Love Versus Scripture”

  1. I would like permission to use this cartoon on our diocesan micro site that is that we are creating as part of an outreach campaign around the theme that God loves everyone, no exceptions. Please let me know if there is a fee.

  2. Hi Katie. The basic rule is if you make money then I should be paid. Here’s my “image use” policy for more information.
    Please accredit me if you use it. Thanks so much.

  3. .
    Jesus said the Pharisees were vipers and followed tradition of man NOT scripture.

    In sharp contrast Jesus life and theology were very clear, as he lived out the very words he said “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of God“ (I.e scripture)

    That’s a subtly nuanced, and erroneous, cartoon
    These types of leaders use subtle memes to excuse sinful behavior and lifestyles (clearly spelled out in scripture I might add) rather than place equal weight on both Love and obeying the word of God.

    Loving people is definitely an action. But enabling or endorsing their behavior or sinful lifestyle is not loving or speaking the truth in love.

    True love keeps enduring to pursue every individual even in the midst of their sinful lifestyle while not endorsing it.

  4. Got your point (and I appreciate it) about the original version of the cartoon.
    But it still seemed more powerful to have Jesus speak..

    How about redrawing it with Jesus saying the same thing to a somewhat different crowd including men women, soldiers, officials etc.. as well as religious types…

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