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The Bob Moran sketch that says it all about lockdown


A TINY sketch by cartoonist Bob Moran gets to the heart of the contrast between Christianity and the utopian health and safety cult that has caused so much misery.

The picture of Christ’s opened Easter tomb with the caption ‘Say no to lockdown’ is a preliminary study for a cartoon which Moran did not finish. No bigger than a postcard, it is shown in Keith Craig’s new film about the cartoonist and his central role in the resistance movement: Bob – Brilliantly Difficult. 

One difference between Christianity and lockdown is the fact that faith in the risen Jesus Christ inspires risk-taking for love’s sake. Christ’s Apostles, who saw him alive after he rose from the dead, proclaimed his message of eternal salvation for sinful people at great personal risk. 

The New Testament records the imprisonments, beatings and martyrdoms suffered by the first preachers of the Christian message in the first century AD. The Apostle Paul, persecutor of Christians turned evangelist to the nations by his vision of the risen Jesus on the Damascus road, expressed this love-inspired, risk-taking mentality. 

He wrote in his letter to the Christians at Rome: ‘Who would separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written (Psalm 44v22), For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us’ (Romans 8v35-37 – Authorised Version).

By contrast, lockdown is a risk-averse religion feeding on fear. Rishi Sunak highlighted that aspect in his interview with Spectator editor Fraser Nelson. One of Mr Sunak’s big concerns was about ‘the fear messaging, which his Treasury team worried could have long-lasting effects’.

He said: ‘In every brief, we tried to say: let’s stop the “fear” narrative. It was always wrong from the beginning. I constantly said it was wrong.’

Lockdown is based on fear and breeds it; Christianity faces up to the reality of death and proclaims the Resurrection.

Another difference, highlighted in Bob’s sketch with its beautiful depiction of a new dawn, lies in the treatment of the younger generation. Lockdown locked young people up and sacrificed their mental, emotional and educational welfare on the altar of baby-boomer selfishness, as exposed by Laura Perrins of this parish. 

By contrast, the New Testament Gospels show Jesus cherishing children, declaring: ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God’ (Mark 10v14).

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke record Jesus bringing a dead 12-year-old girl back to life, a miracle that would have meant him breaking lockdown rules had the Roman authorities imposed them on first century Galilee. Jesus went into the girl’s room with her father and mother and three of his disciples, took her by the hand and told her to get up. ‘The damsel’, as the King James Bible calls her, stood up and walked around, after which Jesus told her parents to give her something to eat (Mark 5v35-43).

Is it seriously credible that Gospel stories like these are fictional? With his transcendent moral integrity combined with his loving, homely humanity, how can the Jesus of the Gospels be a human invention?

Christ cherished children and nurtured them; lockdown confined them and forced them to cover their faces.

A third difference is that Christianity brings the divine truth that sets humanity free whereas lockdown tells the Leftist lie that the State can play God and keep us all happy and safe for evermore.

Reflecting on the Sunak interview, leading lockdown sceptic Lord (Jonathan) Sumption has highlighted the scant regard for truth in the decision to close the country down. He wrote in the Sunday Times  that the ‘shocking thing that emerges from Sunak’s interview’ is that the government refused to take into account the serious consequences of closing a country for months on end.

‘There was no assessment of the likely collateral costs of lockdown. There was no cost-benefit analysis. There was no planning. In government the issues were not even discussed. 

‘Sunak’s own attempts to raise them hit a brick wall. Ministers took refuge in evasive buck-passing, claiming to be “following the science”,’ the former Supreme Court judge wrote.

Lockdown religion is based on the Marxist lie that the State is our saviour; Christianity tells the truth that mankind’s greatest need is the forgiveness of sins, which the State can never deliver.

Bob’s drawing gets that truth powerfully across. On a hill behind the Easter tomb, he depicts the three crosses on which Christ and the two criminals on either side of him were crucified. The Saviour’s central cross is the largest.

Bob’s cartoons have subverted the lies of lockdown. His Easter tomb sketch arguably does that the best.

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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