and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
2 Timothy 4:4 (New King James Version)
Anyone who’s been in Fundagelical X-tianity for a minute would have-at one time or another-stumbled over one of Jack Chick’s graphic tracts or comic books. With titles like This Was Your Life, Big Daddy, Lisa, and Somebody Goofed; “Chick Tracts” were interesting to say the least.
I just found out today that Chick checked out. Ol’ Jack now has the opportunity to see what the afterlife is really like.
Chick’s tracts have attacked everything possible: Catholics; GLTBQs; feminists; Satanists; Pagans; Wiccans; Evolutionists; Freemasons; and everyone else in between-including dogcatchers for all we know. Chick also attacked Halloween, rock music, Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons as well. He also had quite a few on the End Times as well. And to keep diversity alive, Chick even had tracts geared to Blacks; and printed in other languages. If there was someone or something to attack, Jack Chick cranked out a tract. God knows I’ve read a many during my Christian road trip.
Howsoever, as I continued my Christian road trip I found such “illuminating” stuff rather gaudy and pretty much cut from the same cloth and following a standard plot line. To me, Chick Tracts were full of sensationalism that were lurid at times; other tracts were stereotypical as well. The man was a master at what he did and created an empire thanks to willing and eager readers.
Sad to say, tonight’s Scripture applies to those Chick Tracts. Instead of being solid Gospel meat, they were junk food to say the least. Chick-probably thinking he was doing the right thing-created carefully crafted fables that didn’t jibe fully with sound Biblical doctrine. These tracts could easily turn people from sound doctrine; their sensationalism blinding people from solid inquiry into the Scriptures.
Chick’s tracts were for their time-back in the 1970s and 80s; and geared for a different crowd who digested such stuff. Heaven knows both Catholic and Evangelical criticized Chick’s work. As we enter a New Reformation (yes I believe it still happening), Chick’s works will be an anachronism to Christianity. Ultimately, they’ll be a curiosity in Church history.
God gives the final analysis-despite my words-regarding Chick. Right now, Chick is face-to-face with God and getting the surprise of his (after) life. Maybe Chick is in Glory seeing the very people he attacked in his tracts. Or as one spoof put it, Chick may be reincarnated as a homeless lesbian.
For those of us in the boardinghouse-hold of Faith, we need to be wary of such media as we reach out to others. Sensationalism, attacks, and stereotyping are not what the Gospel is about. Save those for the potboilers.
Chick checked out. May his tracts do likewise.
(Image above of Chick’s famous tract, This Was Your Life [copyrighted])