Vote CLUMP or We’re all DOOMED!

Fall. Autumn. Harvest. It’s one of my favorite times of year. That’s why I’m just thrilled to pieces over all this Election Hooptie-Doo, and that segment of Western humanity wasting away billions of dollars and billions of hours on the election of another new politician who – surprise, surprise – once again promises to solve all our ills. Wow! Meanwhile, the King of all Creation orchestrates the beautiful sunsets and the awesome tapestry of colorful trees that this season brings, all while holding the entire World and each living soul in the palm of His mighty hand. Kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?

But yeah, I get it. I’m not new to this whole predictable mess of media hysterics and silly political theater. I mean, you’ve probably heard that saying of “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”? Well, it’s the same with the election business. I’ve been fooled once (or even twice) into thinking that somehow the election of certain key figures would save the world and avert some horrific catastrophe. But as a Christian, I’ve slowly come to see it all in a different light. One which places far greater emphasis on Christ and His Kingdom, and one which places far less – so very much less – on Humanist Institutions and their laughable attempts to rule in place of God.

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Do I believe that if a certain political figure isn’t elected, we’ll end up doomed? Ha! Not at all. Sure, at one time I used to wake up on the morning after the election and sometimes get all depressed when this or that person or this or that issue was voted on in a way that I thought was unfavorable. It was kind of pathetic to be honest – but worse, it was a little self-serving. Because if I was entirely honest with myself back in those days, I just didn’t want a change that might require more work from me as a Christian. You know, because sometimes it just isn’t easy (or popular) to take a stand for the Lord’s Truth, and a lot of Christians (myself included) would rather have it easy. But does this make us better? Does it make the cause of Christ flourish? Hard to say. Although, I will say this: after years of having it pretty easy, it seems like the condition of Western Christians in today’s world isn’t so great – what with quite a large degree of apathy and ineptitude. But am I worried? Nope. God knows how to wake His people up. That’s why in the end, I’m confident that whoever supposedly “wins”, or whatever happens, God is King. He has a plan. Sure, it might not always be easy. But who knows…maybe He just wants to teach us to rely more on Him, and less on humanism. Whatever the case, I’m pretty excited for the future. Not a future of frail human ideas leading to a road of ruin – but a future based on the fantastic creativity and unmatched wisdom of God!

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about disengaging from society. Vote, or don’t vote in the election. But I think where it really counts is to be involved in your community. Be a great ambassador for Christ and His Kingdom to all those you know – like friends and family. Stand up for His Truth on a local level, where it really matters. If we all do this in our various communities, who knows what kind of BIG difference this could make! Far more so I think, than putting all your eggs in one basket over an election.

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Note: CRUMP is the combination of the two big politicians involved in the 2016 American election. Of course the establishment would like you to believe they are as different as night and day. But are they really? And we do recognize there are other politicians involved too, like Gary Johnson (yawn), Darrell Castle (probably the most libertarian) and Tom Hoefling (who seems to advocate government force a tad too much). Have any other comments on the Christian vote, voting, elections, Christianity and politics or any other issue? Let us know!

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Artwork: Choose This Day…

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The above artwork I illustrated about five or six years ago, and is based around Luke 23:38-43, John 14:6 and Psalm 1. It’s designed to have more of a folk art appearance, and incorporates a number of themes from the scripture it’s based around. It portrays Christ on the Cross (Luke 23:38-43), but the Cross is also stylistically part of a tree (as referenced in Psalm 1), and is the source of light and life (as referenced in John 14:6). Of course, each side has those of humanity who have chosen how to respond to the message of salvation, with those on one side having chosen a path that leads to destruction (also referenced in Psalm 1) or those who have chosen to follow Christ, and have become a part of His Kingdom (Psalm 1, John 14:6 and Luke 23:38-43). It prominently asks the viewer to “Choose This Day”, as life is fleeting and there’s no time like the present to decide how you personally would respond to the salvation, hope, peace and purpose in life (and in the life to come) that only Christ offers! (Check out Axiom’s Peace in our Lifetime Flyer or What in the World Brochure!)

I’ve also really been encouraged over the last couple of months by the music of My Soul Among Lions (which I wrote about recently at Modern Christian Music: Advancing God’s Kingdom). They have such a fantastic bluegrass/folk music sound, with inspiring lyrics from Psalm 1-10, that I thought this artwork would be something they might appreciate. As a result, “Choose This Day” is dedicated in thanks to this talented group, and their future work in helping many others stand for Him!

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments section! Also be sure to subscribe to this blog (so you don’t miss any future posts) and check out my Artwork tab for great christian cartoons, illustrations and resources available to help share His Truth!

Christianity When Held at Gun-Point

christian, artwork, optimism, optimism for the future, pessimism, pessimisticNote: I received the following write-up from someone in regards to a discussion on how we might work more effectively in sharing the Light of Christ to a broken world. It’s a very heartfelt letter on what our response should be in the face of difficult or tragic circumstances, which I now share with their permission. I hope you find it a blessing as much as I do!

I was wanting to write a few thoughts regarding a difficult incident I experienced one night a number of years ago. It was then that I was robbed at gunpoint with my young son nearby. After being held captive by this individual for several minutes, I was able to grab my boy and run across a four lane highway to safety – all while wondering if we’d be chased down as we ran. Thankfully, during the encounter, I was clear-headed enough to understand that the wisest course of action for this particular incident (out of concern for my son) would be to offer no resistance to the attacker.

During the time I had a gun in my back, I really did think about the possibility of being shot in the next few moments, and what this would be like for my son to witness. I prayed to the Lord, knowing that it – as all things in life are – was ultimately in His hands. Since then, I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy whenever I recall those feelings or the face of the attacker. But it did gradually get better, which I owe to the many prayers of my friends and family, and to the watch-care of our Father.

A couple of verses I have found encouraging are Proverbs 18:10 (which was sent to me by a friend) and reads, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” I also found Genesis 3:4 to be of interest, and how the serpent said to Eve that if she ate of the fruit, she would know good and evil. As I look at the devastation and chaos of sin all around us – “knowing” evil has indeed wrought an unimaginably horrific toll upon this world. Sometimes it seems like it can be pretty easy to become calloused or dismissive of evil when there is so much in the news and in the newspaper. But then, like what happened when we were robbed, it became very personal for us. Thinking of the person who threatened me and my son – while I hope for justice, and safety for others who might encounter this dangerous individual and his cohorts – I also pray that he will come to know the Lord some day. Because let’s be honest. Reforming bad behavior starts with the heart. And the only way to truly change the heart is through Christ.

Hope for the future, hopeful, peace on earth, goodwill toward men, christian, christianity, Christian ReconstructionismFurthermore, as that evening clearly demonstrated to me, there are no shades of gray – despite what a world apart from Christ might say. There’s right, and there’s wrong. As such, that night a couple years ago has served to powerfully reinforce that as a Christian, this life is no game. There are eternal stakes here. I’m as guilty as anyone about sometimes not taking on the responsibilities I should as a Christian – looking at a world gone mad on the television or in the papers – and shaking my head wondering why the Lord doesn’t intervene. But then, He already has. He’s intervened in my life, and in the lives of millions of others, through the power of His Spirit. Hope? Change? Purpose? Our world doesn’t know the true meaning. But as Christians, WE DO! May we all endeavor to work for Him in ALL spheres of life, and be ever more effective in sharing His Truth a world so desperately in need of the brighter tomorrow that only He can bring!

Don’t forget to follow this blog or share with a friend! Also be sure to check out Axiom’s Artwork tab (where a lot of awesome christian cartoons, illustrations and resources are available), as well as the Artist Page (where you can find interviews with great Christian artists)! And don’t forget to check out our books and resources tab, as we’ve got some really great ebooks, pdf resources and outreach materials available for you to use for FREE! Until next time, have a great day!

Christianity Lite

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Hope you enjoy my latest cartoon – Christianity Lite! Do you have any thoughts on Modern Christianity, Progressive Christianity, Christian Reconstruction, God’s Law, the relevancy of scriptures, a watered down Gospel or even the state of Western Christianity itself? Write a comment! As always, don’t forget to follow this blog or share with a friend! Also be sure to check out my Artwork tab (where a lot of awesome christian cartoons, illustrations and resources are available to help share His Truth via social media and more), as well as the Artist Page (where you can find interviews with great Christian artists)! And don’t forget to check out our books and resources tab, as we’ve got some really great ebooks, pdf resources and outreach materials available for you to use for FREE! Until next time, have a great day!

Noah’s Ark

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This is an illustration based on the Bible story of Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6-7) that I sketched out a couple years ago for a children’s mural. At that time, it existed only as a very rough black and white pencil sketch, which I then used as a reference in painting the much larger piece of artwork. However, as I recently looked through my pile of drawings that I’ve done over the last several years, I thought it was much too nice of an image not to finish off noahs ark, illustration, gift, present, baby gift, nursery, children, kids, christian, christianitywith a little ink and digital color. So here it is – hope you like it! I’ll likely print it off on color photo paper and use for gifts, or maybe print for postcards – or whatever else I think would be fun. Of course, if you happen to really like it – let me know and I can very affordably print it or make a high res digital file available for you as well! Just contact me at axiomillustration (at) outlook (dot) com or check out my Gifts page!

Thoughts? Please leave a comment! And don’t forget to follow this blog or share with a friend! Also be sure to check out my Artwork tab (where a lot of awesome christian cartoons, illustrations and resources are available), as well as the Artist Page (where you can find interviews with great Christian artists)! Until next time, have a great day!

God’s Law and the Future!

mark rushdoony, amazing future, future city, futuristic world, God's law, negative law, Statist law, liberty, progress, innovation, meme“God’s law is generally negative law. It forbids certain things beyond which is a huge realm of liberty. Statist law is positive; it tries to regulate all behavior. If we try to make God’s law a positive law, then it becomes inadequate, we are stuck like the Amish, unable to change. God’s law allows liberty and progress by only disallowing what God says is immoral. I believe the fullness of the Kingdom on earth will be an amazing futuristic world of cheap energy, technical and scientific breakthroughs, and medical knowledge that makes everything today seem like quackery. Negative law allows for liberty, progress, and innovation.” ~ Mark Rushdoony

Hope for the Future! Sometimes it seems that Christians can be a bit pessimistic when it comes to the future. I’m not sure why that is, as I think it seems pretty obvious that if we listened more to what God tries to teach us (both through the Bible and a daily relationship with Him) – not only will our life beyond death be amazing – but the future of our world will be a lot better too (also see: Christian Star Trek)! After all, much of what we enjoy in the West already has been due to the past efforts of Christians seeking to help others through art and creativity, medicine, education/discipleship and technology. This is why I found the above quote to be really thought provoking. Sure, there’s a lot there (Christian Reconstructionism), but I hope it inspires and encourages you in the same way that it did me!  What do you think?

Don’t forget to follow this blog (so you don’t miss out on anything) or share with a friend! And be sure to check out my Artwork tab, where a lot of awesome christian cartoons, illustrations and resources are available! Until next time, have a great day!

Designed for Outreach: Brochure and Flyer

bboardA number of years ago, I wanted to use my graphic design skills to create a professional, easy-to-read resource I could hand out when sharing the Hope of Christ with people. I was of course aware of a number of outreach pamphlets and tracks available, but wanted to design something that was eye-catching and conveyed a message that resonated with the people I regularly encountered. I also wanted to be able to have a space where I could put contact information, as well as be easy to print out on a house-hold printer.

As a result, and through the efforts of two close friends, we created a flyer and brochure that outlined the plan of salvation, as well as common questions people might have. We also utilized research found through Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life, Hank brochureHanegraaff’s The Bible Answer Book, and Lee Strobel’s The Case for a Creator. After proofing everything and double checking our scripture verses, it was ready for use!

In the years since, we have shared these brochures and flyers in packets for the homeless, hung them up on bulletin boards and passed them out through a door-to-door ministry. They have been great tools! After recently updating the design, I thought it would be great to include them here on Axiom Illustration for you to use as well. Have fun!

You can find the PDF files for the flyer and brochure at our books and resources tab, or by clicking either of the options below!

B&WHopeFlyerpreviewPeace in our Lifetime Flyer: This flyer presents a hopeful message about how to achieve Peace in Christ. Utilizes the plan of salvation, as well as answers to common questions. Designed to be eye-catching and professional, as well as easy to print on your own household printer with minimal ink usage. Click here to access! (available in a black and white PDF, 86 KB).

ABCbrochureBWpreviewWhat in the World Brochure: This double-sided brochure presents a hopeful message regarding individual purpose in life. Utilizes the plan of salvation, as well as answers to common questions. Designed to be eye-catching and professional, as well as easy to print on your own household printer with minimal ink usage. Simply set your printer to print double sided and then make a couple folds! Click here to access! (available in a black and white PDF, 131 KB).