Well, I suppose I should weigh in, for what it's worth. Take it for what it's worth, Ralph...
To begin with:
Having a creative profession as your calling, whether art, writing, acting, music, or what have you, will always be financially unrewarding. Worse, it is often emotionally unfulfilling, given the standard lack of response when things go well.
Spiritually, however... that's where the payoff often lies.
In your three strips, Ralph, you've approached Christianity, morality and spirituality in general in the manner approved long ago by Mark Twain:
Mark Twain wrote:Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever. By forever, I mean thirty years.
You have blessedly avoided the trap sprung by many Christian authors, who consider the precise wording of the Bible, without alteration, far more important than any facet of the story. You write about the characters first; the events second. Spirituality is a leitmotif, rather than the sledgehammer of the Chick Tracts or the consistently unpopular DragonRaid Adventure Learning System
. (A company so religious, they had to call it something other than a Role Playing Game.) Rather than just being Christians, or being Spiritual, your characters act in a Christian manner, making Christian choices.
When Ben and Beltane faced off, Ben wasn't some verse-spouting Fundamentalist, and he wasn't a New Age dishrag; he made his point, but remained civil, as Christ did before the Pharisees, and even before Pilate. As Christ tolerated Simon Magus, Ben tolerated Beltane... and like Simon Magus, Beltane eventually shot her mouth off one time too many and got creamed. (Simon Magus just got expelled; but hey, it wasn't a real house...)
When Quentyn had to face the fact that he'd killed the Gragum, and the Gragum weren't just some cardboard cutout... when he had to face that he, himself, had ended the life of a sentient being, he didn't just say "It was the Lord's Will", like that made it all better. He had the same problem that all moral people have when they find themselves forced to end a life, especially for the first time.
<ponder> I can't come up with an example for Nip 'N' Tuck, offpaw. But then, that's mostly your Humor Strip, as far as I can tell, with occasional side trips into Politics and Storytelling. And if it's subtle enough that it can't be pointed to, then it's as subtle as they come.
In the end, of course, your heart is the only compass for this sort of journey, or at least the only acceptable one. We're just the audience; this is your business.
But you do it well.