Monday, April 09, 2007

Cartoonist with the "Hart" of an Apologist Passes Away Between Good Friday and Resurrection Morning

This weekend signaled the death of cartoonist Johnny Hart, creator of the comic strip, B.C. Over the years, Mr. Hart has been a courageous and persistent witness to his faith, particularly standing up for Christ at Christmas, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday.

So bold was Hart in his cartoon "messages" that many newspapers (e.g. the Los Angeles Times) often refused to print some of his more "Christian themed" strips. While Mr. Hart was a Presbyterian lay person, he always evidenced a gentle and gracious spirit toward people of different faiths while standing unapologetically for the truth of the Gospel.

For him, interfaith respect could be had without dispensing with Gospel proclamation or indulging in syncretistic pluralism. The "B.C." for this Resurrection Sunday ended in typical Hart fashion with the following verses from the New Testament: "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." "Assuredly I say to you today you will be with me in Paradise." "It is finished" AND "Truly this man was the son of God."

Godspeed Mr. Hart! God bless you for your ministry among us.

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