Our Actions Reveal Who We Really Are

I always try to have a theme each day, and when I use cartoons, I want to ensure they all connect somehow with that theme. Except maybe today. If you’ll excuse me, I’m just going to throw a few random cartoons at you—ones that I have collected and can’t find a way to unite them thematically—and just let you enjoy them. Maybe some kind of theme may emerge in the end.

Here’s one that’s centered on Groundhog Day, but it has a deeper message:

Embrace Bigotry

Let’s see now, what message is this sending? Our fear of being labeled as bigoted and narrow-minded? A prime example of the triumph of political correctness?

How about this one?

Offend Me

Hmmm, are we seeing a pattern here?

I have one more:

Criticize Behavior

Yes, we wouldn’t want anyone to feel bad. In the process, we say some rather silly things. Can we really separate the behavior from the person? Now, I certainly don’t endorse the approach being used in the previous cartoon, but doesn’t it say a lot about how we try to pretend something that is awful isn’t really awful at all? Don’t our actions reveal who we really are?

In Christian circles, we sometimes say we are to hate the sin but love the sinner. I understand the sentiment behind that statement, and I do want to reach out to people who are caught up in their sins. After all, isn’t that what Jesus did? Yet, at the same time, I don’t think we should paper over the truth—if you are actively sinning, you deserve criticism, not just for your behavior, but for the person you are. Only when we face up to the truth will we come to grips with what we need to do to be a different person. We are to lay down the sin, turn from it in genuine repentance, and turn to the One who loves us even when we are acting like His enemy.

I didn’t know that was where I was going to end up when I started this blog today, but it’s a message that can’t be repeated too often.