“Fiendish Freak or Faithful Friend?”

This comic strip and the next one will finish up this series. They may add a new dimension to the main character, Laser Eyes Jesus.

So what do you think? Is it possible for someone without a relationship with Jesus to actually be a more faithful friend and kind neighbor than someone with a relationship with Jesus? I have to say I have seen this, and it truly causes me to look at myself and wonder, “What am I doing? How did I get so uncaring?”

I am reminded of all the little kindnesses that are done by people all over the world that no one knows about, at least not to give credit or applause to anyone else: an anonymous envelope with money, a pair of shoes in just the right size that suddenly “turns up,” extra vegetables from the garden in a brown paper bag, a generous portion meal because “Oops! I made too much!”

“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:3-4 (KJV)

I’ve seen people do good things, people who were a far better neighbor than I have probably ever been, people I was sure could not possibly have a relationship with Jesus and said to myself, “That doesn’t count because it wasn’t done in secret. They aren’t a Christian. They don’t believe in Jesus.” Then I go back to watching television. (That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point, right?)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 (KJV)

The Father’s goodness and love flows on and on, through whomever He wills with the intention, I believe, in bringing us all closer to His Son, Real Life Jesus.

20 thoughts on ““Fiendish Freak or Faithful Friend?”

  1. Exactly! I love also that God can use nonbelievers – so when we say “every good thing comes from the Father” we should remember He can use anyone to bless His people! I guess that’s the story of a lot of biblical “outsiders” like Rahab who God used to bless all of Israel!

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    1. Laser Eyes Jesus could be called a fake. He just has the same first name and those laser eyes. But he is not a fake in the sense that he is intentionally trying to deceive anyone. You might just think of him as someone who was just playing along with the children because they were lonely and he was lonely too. That’s part of the reason that he stopped them from singing the song that they had made up…he knew in his heart that he couldn’t do anything more to help the children than play with them and be a kind of security for them. He want’s to do more, but just doesn’t know what “more” is. (“More” being real Jesus.) He’s also a bit insecure and helpless himself. Hope that helps?

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      1. It does help, it also would of nice to see the fake Jesus point to the real one and have the children seek the true Living God. Believe it or not, that fake Jesus is really happening today where people are claiming to be Jesus and are deceiving meaning. You should have had the real Jesus show up and have the fake one and the children worship the real one. Anyways just giving you my input. Thanks for the explanation.

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      2. That is in the back of my mind for a bit further down the road. Seriously. And you really have hit on the underlying question and purpose of the comic strip, “What do you think they should do?” That’s what this is all about (well, aside from some of the silliness). Hopefully others will see it the same way as you!

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      3. You’re welcome. I will add this too…I can sort of imagine some of these comic strips being used with young people maybe teenagers, maybe I’m just imagining way too much, but maybe they could be used in something like in a discussion group. In an instance like that, then when they get to the part about “So what do you think they should do? What should happen next?” that might be a good time for the group leader to share “Well, here’s how you turn to Jesus…” or “Here’s what Real Jesus means to me…” Does that make sense? Just sort of as a tool to get the conversation started? Then someone else can use that to share the Real Gospel about the Real Jesus. Am I imagining way too much? Anyway, thanks for your questions and comments. They always make me think!

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      4. Oh yeah that’s a great idea. You could start a new series and at the bottom of the comic strip have those types of questions and let people weigh in. You can call it, “Interaction Comics”

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  2. Unbelievers can do good deeds but there is a big difference at the end. All of their good deeds is for recognition that glorifies themselves and not the Lord Jesus Christ. We Christians even though we need to do more, when we do a good deed it is for people to recognize Jesus in us for His glory.

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      1. Definitely agree with you about point to the real one!

        (The comic drawings like Laser Eyes Jesus are done using “Adobe Draw” which is a free app for iPad, not sure about other systems.)

        Some illustrations are put into another app called “imaengine” which converts old photos and advertisements into vector drawings for me. (You’ll only see those very rarely and are used only for a non-drawn and more realistic look.)

        All of the images are put together in a different app called “Comic Life.”

        If you have an interest in drawing, “Adobe Draw” may be the way to go since it’s free.

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  3. I seem to remember something in Mark about Jesus presenting himself in different forms? I may be totally out of context here, but I like it because I’m reminded it’s not my job to judge who’s good deed (dogmatic or not) is the good-est. I love your work and your seeking big heart! Keep it up 🙂

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  4. I think people are on different levels of relationship with Christ, with different personalities to cope with. Joyce Meyer says she is very impatient and must constantly talk with God about that a lot. I don’t have that kind of personality. I have problems looking on the dark side of everything. I have problems not worrying about tomorrow. Some people have problems forgiving and loving people. I think our struggles are uniquely our own.

    So, say a Christian is impatient or unforgiving sometimes. Then we look at an atheist who has a gentle and forgiving nature. The atheist looks more like Jesus, perhaps. We wonder if the first person is even a Christian at all! Joyce said she was an “angry Christian” when she was first a Christian. She didn’t know much about having a deep relationship with God, but God did finally get through to her. But see, she was very sincere in her belief in God.

    I think this is why Jesus said not to judge because we know nothing really about another person deep down inside. Paul seemed rather judgey. But then, people were sleeping around openly, so I guess you can’t go that far without getting into trouble! Lol Man, I find religion to be very complicated. Judge – Don’t Judge. Oh well, I don’t even go to a church, but I will say this about myself – I am really, really judgey. I’m constantly catching myself saying to myself, “Well, they couldn’t be a Christian.”

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    1. Thanks, Belle. I really appreciate your honesty. I think we can all be like that when we aren’t careful and prayerful (I guess “prayerful” is a word! It didn’t get picked up by the “spell check”!)

      It has been many years since I’ve listened to Joyce Meyer on television or radio, but I did for a period of time when I was really down and close to being overcome by a lot of things. Although I can’t quote anything that she said (except the “What about me?” wind-up robot, I know that what she said was very helpful to me at the time.

      It’s interesting how the truths of a God can stick with you even though the memory of the messenger fades away. I pray my little comic strips here will carry some of God’s truth to people who need it long after they fade from memory. Thanks again!

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