Nathan W. Bingham
Connecting in a Hyper-Connected World

‘Tis the Season for Images of Christ

It’s that time of the year again when Christians (and even some non-Christians) get out and display nativity scenes and / or send cards with nativity scenes depicted on the front. Furthermore, amongst all the television classics that are often screened at this time there is likely to be several that have a man with a beard claiming to be a depiction of the Son of God.

In light of this, The Wittenberg Door recently reminded their readers of The Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 109:

Q: What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?

A: The sins forbidden in the second commandment are . . . the making of any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of creature whatsoever . . .

Sadly, the second commandment is largely forgotten (or worse, rejected) across the broad spectrum of Christendom today.

Rev. Danny Hyde recently wrote a book on the subject entitled, In Living Color: Images of Christ and the Means of Grace. Although I’ve not read the book yet (please feel free to buy me a copy) it does come highly recommended and I very much appreciated this video interview conducted with him on the subject of his book.

I’d encourage you all to seriously consider the command of the Lord in Exodus 20:4, then watch this interview and read this book. Let’s not “jump the eschatological gun” as Hyde says in his interview.

Update: If you’re interested in children’s Bible’s that don’t have images of Jesus in them

Update: A journal article by David VanDrunen may be a helpful read for those considering this subject: Iconoclasm, Incarnation, and Eschatology.