Lately we’ve been considering some things that we tend to take for granted as ordinary parts of life—but whose life—a child of this world, or a child of the next? Have you ever thought about cartoons, especially those that come as a form of God’s Word? What are cartoons? The definition for a cartoon is a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine. And, the second meaning is a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence.
We have all probably watched cartoons, especially when we were children. That’s a big part of why they seem so normal. But Jesus wants us to make certain that all things that we do are acceptable to Him as Paul says in Ephesians 5:10, “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.” So that begs three questions: Why would any thinking Christian want to take the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and turn it into a series of cartoons? What impact would cartoons of the Bible have on children? What does a Holy God think of mankind turning His Word into an entertainment medium?
This week I read a blog post which stated that 70% of evangelical young people left the church at highschool graduation. The author said he had casual interviews with hundreds of these dropouts, and nearly every reason given was related to the fact that the young people could see nothing special about the church, as it attempted to mimic everything the world had to offer. The church shared the same style of music, the same style of dress, the same self-help programs, the same sort of youth programs and goals, etc. Now, that these folks were adults, they set the church copy aside for the real thing—the world.
Does Jesus ask us to copy the world—even if we tape the word “Christian” on our copies? Doesn’t He tell us to be separate from the world? Why do so many insist on being “the same yet different”? Can someone be both of two opposites? Are not Jesus dolls, comic book Bibles, and cartoon Bibles simply an addition of worldly pursuits to our life in Christ? Does life in Christ really coexist with the pull of the world to draw in and water down everything that has to do with God?
Have we stripped the holiness from God’s Word and God’s Son? What will be the result? In the trials and temptations of adult life, where will people find answers—in the Word of God, or in worldly substitutes for it? When children grow up, who needs a comic Bible? Who needs a cartoon Bible? Who needs a religion based on them? And might the question come: Who needs God?
New “good” ideas flood in every day. The ruler of this world will see to that. We will always be beset with decisions required to prove what is acceptable unto the Lord. That is where the only safety is—for our children and us. We must pray about all these things, begging God for discernment, and then we need to have the courage to be different, to not follow the wide way, but to follow God’s way to train our children to respect a holy and awesome God, and to reverence His Holy Word. Amen?