I’m sure many of you have seen this decal/sticker on cars of Christians.
It’s a picture of a little kid praying in front of a cross.
But if you know anything about comics and cartoons, you’d know that this isn’t just any kid, but Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes, created by Bill Watterson.
I grew up on Calvin and Hobbes. They always have a soft spot in my heart. My brother, for a wedding gift, got me the the entire collection of Calvin and Hobbes.
And any Calvin and Hobbes fan will tell you that the little boy praying in front of the cross is mosdef, Calvin, with his spikey hair and striped shirt.
So, the Calvin praying sticker is on a lot of Christians cars. I saw two on my way to Starbucks just now.
But here’s the thing that gets me.
It’s not legal.
Bill Watterson spent a good portion of his professional life fighting merchandising Calvin and Hobbes in any shape or form.
They are illegally using Bill Watterson’s work and making some profit off of it.
So. What does that say? What does that mean?
When you see a car rocking the praying Calvin decal, what’s your reaction to be?
Oh. Cool. This guy’s a Christian! But, he doesn’t care about copyright infringements or anything like that.
And what about these companies, presumably Christian companies, that sell these decals?
Are we above the “earthly” law because we are to obey the “heavenly” laws, or something of that matter?
Aren’t we sending some sort of mixed message (for those, like me, who know the history of this awesome comic strip), about prayer and illegally using someone else’s work?
It really is a shame of how we Christians blatantly rip off things from “secular” culture.
And, you know, some of these Christians also get bent out of shape when their ideas for ministries are used/copied.
We have creative people that can do cool, original stuff. We don’t need to rely on ripping off people to make our presence known.
Besides, I don’t think anyone really gets “saved” because of what they read on the back of your car.
And. Remember, if you have Christian bumper stickers on your car, put one on your dashboard to remind yourself who you belong to as well.