The Church Gives Up Her Own Head

"The Church Gives Up Her Own Head" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“The Church Gives Up Her Own Head” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


The bible story that inspires this cartoon is the one where John the Baptist’s head is served on a platter to the king. The prophet John the Baptist was a threat to Herod’s unbridled power.

I know… not all churches! BUT… can we agree… that the church is in a serious place right now?

The great theologian Karl Barth drafted the Barmen Declaration in 1934, a fierce critique of Christians and Churches that supported the Nazis.

We are living in similar times.

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4 Replies to “The Church Gives Up Her Own Head”

  1. In many ways, the church has either betrayed its Lord into the hands of the enemy or has been complicit with the execution
    of Christ. The time has come and is long overdue for 21st century followers of Jesus to practice selfless love, to demonstrate
    conscientious resistance to evil, and to renounce privilege. Yes, it is costly to speak truth to power!

  2. David, I shared this one and got a little kick back from one of my conservative evangelical friends,
    who described me as an “insulting, sick person.” It reminded me of that portion of The Beatitudes
    (Matthew 5:11), “Blessed are you when people revile you and utter all kinds of evil against you…”
    When you expose the beast with satire and humor, it can bite back.
    Thanks for helping me to hang loose!

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