Probing the Imagination of God & the Church
Are we robbing ourselves of the deeper realities of the Christian faith by eliminating the imagination from our experience? Our imaginations are not a collection of fable and fairy tales. They are part of living and part of our collective experience as followers of Jesus. The Lord has always communicated his imaginative reflections to his people. He imagined a people who would be a holy nation and a royal priesthood. Jesus imagined that his disciples would love in the exact same way that he loved. His imagination and dream for his people have not always been realized, but it doesn't stop him from dreaming or imagining. We don't question God's imagination do we?
We were made in the image of God so it stands to reason that we would have imaginations as well. Some have said that the imagination is one of God's greatest gift to humans and it is sometimes the most under-utilized gift in the church. During the first part of the year 2013, we will probe the imagination by asking a series of "What if" questions. Asking "what if" questions assumes that we are not afraid to ask questions and that we are not afraid to probe the imagination.
Accompanying sermons that probe the imagination will be a series of daily challenges. I am praying that you will join together with me in this adventure of discovery. I am praying that you join in with this journey. Resist the temptation to dismiss the imagination with thoughts of self-induced realities (i.e. "We could never do that," "That will never happen," or "That will never work"). Rather, open your hearts and minds to the imagination that God has given you and the church and the imagination of God himself.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." - Dr. Seuss
"The man who has no imagination has no wings." - Muhammad Ali