when you don't give a fig
This fig tree has heard what happens when you don't give a fig. Jesus is about to pass by. And we all know how judgmental and vindictive Jesus is. The story of Jesus cursing the fig tree was literarily placed just before the temple cleansing to illustrate that the temple cult had failed. So here's where we the church can learn a lesson: Many people I talk to, practically every day, have experienced judgmentalism within the church. Some of it very severe. But this is what gets me: they are judged for things that don't matter... the small insignificant things we like to focus on because they are easy to identify, quantify and isolate. Things like what people like to eat or drink, or their sexuality, or their language, or their appearance, or their friends, or their family, or what they ingest, or what they believe, and so on. But the things that Jesus seemed most interested in were things like injustice, national pride, religious superiority, and economics. Where's the fruit of these issues? Buy a print of this cartoon. Someone recently told me, "My 2 kids were reading your book last night together on the couch. They were laughing their heads off and saying, 'This is so true!'" "Nakedpastor101: Cartoons by David Hayward", from amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.de. Great for laughs and serious discussion!