This series of graphics focused on the BIG question “Who do you say Jesus is?” uses found images, usually old ones, that are then drawn and redrawn to hopefully convey a real person, but of today. This one is a mug shot for someone who was arrested on January 7, 1932 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Unlike some of the others, there are a clues that the source photograph was taken many years ago and I didn’t redraw or crop them out. People and heart attitudes haven’t changed all that much.
It’s important that this graphic is obviously a mugshot. It could be me because this man when apprehended boldly says what I have at times tried to hide away in my heart. Perhaps you as well? His eyes give him away, or so it seems to me.
I recently read this thought-provoking quotation.
The two things around which our Lord centered His most scathing teaching were money and marriage, because they are the two things that make men and women devils or saints. Covetousness is the root of all evil, whether it shows itself in money matters or in any way.
– Oswald Chambers “The Highest Good”
The arrested man may be somewhat “on the right track” but he has yet to get to the root of what has brought him to this point, covetousness.
I am wondering how it would be to set aside things like “This is what you are supposed to do with your money” and “This is what you are supposed to do with your sexuality” and instead judged for covetousness?
Covetousness is a thing of the heart, not the wallet or the body.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. Matthew 15:19 (NASB)