“False Requiem?”

This is #021 of “The Lloyd Servant Show.” We pick up the story shortly after the funeral for Miss Betsy Mae Butler. You may remember that she had been mysteriously run over by a truck, signed a huge insurance policy with Bradley Martin, “Lloyd Servant, Your Servant Of The Lloyd,” as the beneficiary, held captive in an abandoned warehouse, and then apparently rescued by Miss Gladys Louise Brickle.

Yet someone does seem to have died here! What’s going on? Something smells worse than fishy! Worse than rotten! Worse than…well, you get the picture! More to follow soon!

Just a sidenote really, though it’s a rather long sidenote…I had started on this comic strip installment yesterday morning, but held off on it because it wasn’t complete in my mind. I didn’t know what to say about the “my personal savior” part. I wanted Helena Montgomery to voice some of what we may be fearful of hearing when we share our faith with others, but I wasn’t sure if this character was right or wrong.

I know that we often hear this phrase “my personal savior” in some churches, and I even did some research yesterday on the history of this phrase. It’s much newer than I imagined. I know at some funerals there will be words similar to, “If you are unsure of your eternal destiny, won’t you consider asking Jesus into your heart and making Him your personal savior before it’s too late?”

I’m still not completely sure what to say about the “my personal savior” part. Because I’ve heard that phrase so many times, I’m probably hearing it as a “Church Insider” rather than a “Church Outsider.” The more I question it, the more I feel like I need different words because maybe those words don’t work any more for me. So as evil as the character Helena Montgomery may be…perhaps she is on to something here?

Here’s what I mean…yesterday afternoon, I went to a Requiem Eucharist. It was for someone who I didn’t know at church who had lived with cancer for 5 years and still served as a key layperson during all of that time. Yet not knowing her gave me a greater opportunity to really listen to what was said. I never heard “Mary always had Jesus as her personal savior.” Instead I heard again and again “Mary knew that she belonged to Jesus.”

Maybe the wording is just a subtle difference to some, but for me, the more I think about it the greater the difference becomes.

Does Jesus belong to us? Do we belong to Jesus? Does this relationship depend on me and my decisions which are likely to be unsteady and lack commitment? Does this relationship depend on Jesus and His steadfastness?

I hope to be able to explore this more through other comic strips very soon. For now, I’m pondering this…

How will my journey be if, like Mary, I focus on “I belong to Jesus”?

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“The events depicted in this comic strip are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental.”

14 thoughts on ““False Requiem?”

  1. That is very interesting, I’ve never heard of the personal savior saying. It almost sounds as though it was started by someone trying to say the rules are different for everyone, and everyone has their own Jesus to save them in their own situations.

    I agree with you that this is pretty wild, but after reading a blog earlier from a person claiming to be a christian who went on to talk about God taking her over, her speaking in tongues, and then the little God man left her… It’s a lot more normal than some.

    I think the difference here is the phrase sounds like we have our own personal Jesus. There is only one Jesus, who died and rose for everyone. Jesus is savior to all of us. There are always these weird ideas. I’m considering finding crazy Christian ideas posted in wordpress blogs and addressing the biblical reasons they are false as a series in the future. This post kind of emphasizes the need for that.

    Great post again, it’s nice to know when new things get thrown out there.

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    1. God “taking her over”? Oh, wow…not good. “Personal savior” was made popular by Billy Graham and his evangelical crusades when I was growing up.

      Your possible series on “crazy Christian ideas” sounds great and much needed. I think you should do it! If we want people to take us seriously…right?!? If anyone can take on that task, it’s you! You have a genuine “let’s get real here, folks” way of getting things across, particularly in your videos!

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      1. I appreciate that, but you may be mistaking me for someone because I don’t do any videos. However if you know of some that say similar stuff to me, I’d love to watch some myself. Feel free to share.

        Right now I only have the blog and I’m working on branching out to social media, but I’m a ways off. I’ll stick to writing for now, videos seem like a long way off.

        Since I’m a programmer, my most likely evolution will probably be toward developing tools to help with my message of Christian Integrity. But, who knows?

        Anyway again, great topic and post. Also I know you said you were interested, I posted the next Christian Journey post last night. I’m working on rewriting my main post from when I first started to better articulate the message.

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  2. “my personal saviour” may sound to others outside of the church “Looney Tunes” like, “I will love him and pet him and squeeze him and call him George” (another classic cartoon) however, “my personal saviour” did say something in its time – the words were effective to the crowds of that day – we must up date our language as needed but be careful not to view outdated language as wrong – remember Christianity of that day was not about faith but instead religion that is why they chose “my personal saviour” to take it from the established church making works/legalism the way to be saved to relationship with Jesus through faith being the way to salvation

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  3. The emphasis is on Savior. It is personal because He knows each of us better than we know ourselves. Still, as J David Peever conceded the language can be confusing. Therefore, it requires explanation. Otherwise, Helena Montgomery begins to make sense.

    The thing to keep in mind is that salvation is a personal experience. God made each of us unique and for a somewhat different purpose. Consider.

    Romans 14:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

    4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

    We may be members of a church, but we each belong to Him. Religion is about rules. Relationships are about love.

    How will He judge us? I expect it will have a lot to do with how much we love Him and our fellows.

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  4. That was utterly perfect. I grew up Catholic, and I very much miss the conscious humility of the way Catholics view their relationship with God. The comic image/panel is perfect, and so is the commentary.

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    1. Thank you so much. I really do appreciate your comments. I grew up as a Southern Baptist, and was recently received into the Episcopal Church. There are some differences that have been very obvious (such as with Communion/Eucharist), and others, like this, which have been much more subtle. Thanks again for commenting, I’m going to head over to read some of your posts!


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