Some weeks ago, Rachel Held Evans posted some of these funny pictures my dad drew over a decade ago, and they elicited all kinds of responses, some angry, some amused, some whaaats?
I wanted to post them again here, mostly to brag on my dad’s awesome artistic skillz, but also to highlight his own perspective on them.
Dad wrote on RHE’s blog:
For the record, so to speak, I did indeed draw these for my own amusement, over a decade ago. In doing so I was not for one moment trying to make a mockery of the biblical text. I am an evangelical Christian, and a rather conservative one at that. What I was mocking was what my generation called the “Jesus junk” that fills so many Christian bookstore. For the Bible is, whether we like it or not, filled with some dark and scary stories that are definitely not safe for the wee ones.
Put another way, the target of my humor is not the Bible; it is those who make a buck turning the sacred text into sappy sentimentalism.
The Bible is a strange book, an ancient book, a book that has been used to condone evil (like slavery.)
What say you, readers?