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“The Vulnerability of LGBTQ+ Believers” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Some believers, church goers, and church leaders do not understand the personal trauma of LGBTQ+ people who desire to be a part of a church community.

Because they’ve never experienced being marginalized, excluded, or restricted because of who they are.

It’s not just the feeling that you’re having a hard time fitting in or integrating into the community or getting involved in leadership, but that there is an actual agenda from the leadership on down to prevent it from happening.

Imagine not just feeling not welcomed, but resisted!
Imagine not just feeling marginalized, but blocked!
Imagine not just feeling misunderstood, but damned!

It’s too bad too many believers lack empathy.

Because I’m convinced that if they felt what our LGBTQ+ neighbors are feeling, it might actually change their theology and then their polity.

(TheLastingSupper.com is a community that endeavors to be as healthy as possible, and we are on a journey to become so. If you’re looking for a place to become more yourself, join us. We’ll welcome you with open arms.)

Just to let you guys know… I’m going to be pretty quiet for about a week. I’ll be back!

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“Demons and Deconstruction” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

When I was deconstructing, those around me were very confused.

I can’t blame them because I was too.

Its impossible for most people to reject your beliefs without making you feel like they’re rejecting you.

Deconstruction… the changing of life-long hard-held beliefs… the loss of faith… these are confusing processes.

We don’t know how to describe it because we haven’t acquired a language for it yet.

They know exactly how to describe it because they are still in our previous religious culture that offers a whole list of explanations.

One of the most obvious ones is that we are being tempted and lead away by Satan.

We might feel we are being carried into the mysterious unknown, but we can no longer call it evil.

But it is terrifying nonetheless, no matter what explanation you prefer.

(Are you deconstructing and need a community? Join theLastingSupper.com today!)

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“Reverse Rapture” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

When I was a teenager I was absolutely terrified of the second coming of Christ.

The rapture!

I was afraid I was going to be left behind and endure the pain and suffering depicted in those horrible movies that were created to control us with fear.

Images of clothes left behind and our loved ones gone.

Us left to deal with demons and run for our lives.

So, I imagined a more lighthearted scenario.

What if our clothes were raptured and not us?

Then I drew it.

(Hey! My online community TheLastingSupper.com is filled with people who love to have fun. We laugh a lot. Sure, we have serious moments too. But we are learning to just be happy! Check us out HERE.)

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“Don’t Trust Your Feelings” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Before the deconstruction of my beliefs, I was absolutely certain about the things I believed.

I believed my thoughts!

Feelings also played a huge role in my certainty.

Then, after an mind-blowing realization that my mind manufactures my world…
when I saw that the universe as I experienced it is a projection of my thoughts…
when I perceived that my brain’s number one priority is to protect itself and my ego…
everything changed!

If my mind can imagine a being and make it real to me,
it can also conjure up feelings about that being.

I’m not claiming religious people are imagining things,
but I do insist that we all do,
and that we need to be aware of this,
and to understand that the word is not the thing,
and neither is the thought.

Who of us dares to explore beyond the thought?

Deconstructing? Please don’t do it alone! Invest in your happiness. Join TheLastingSupper.com … It’s worth it!

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“Words Matter!” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

From the fullness of the words the body follows.

Everyone knows this.

Church leaders know this too.

When you speak hate, discrimination, and exclusion, that is what will manifest around you.

Because your people will make it so!

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“Behold LGBTQ+ Stand at the Door and Knock” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Some have asked why I draw so many cartoons about the LGBTQ+ community.

In fact, did you know I published a whole book of cartoons on this and you can get it on Amazon, “The Art of Coming Out: Cartoons for the LGBTQ Community”?

Why? Simple: it’s a burning issue for the church and society in general right now.

It’s one precise topic where the church and what it truly believes about love and inclusion is at stake.

More specific: how the church treats LGBTQ+ people betrays how it treats its Christ.

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“Desperation and Worship” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Would the church continue if people believed…
that God was already here,
that they were completely loved,
and that they didn’t have to do anything to get it?

Maybe, because then people might rediscover the real reason the church began:

community.

(Are you looking for community but can’t find one locally? We have an awesome online one, theLastingSupper.com … check us out.)

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“Sheep Conversion Therapy” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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This white sheep thought he was being helpful.

He thought the LGBTQ sheep was just LGBTQ on the surface and it could be easily removed.

To his dismay, he realizes it’s much deeper than he thought.

(Someone asked me the other day if TheLastingSupper.com is friendly to gays. Yes, many members are of the LGBTQ+ community. Come and join us.)

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“The Restraint of Theology” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Stop creating or finding theology that endorses our inequality, injustice, and inhumanity.

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