The old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ was first used in 1911 by a man named Arthur Brisbane in the New York newspaper ‘The Syracuse Post Standard’ and ever since it has been a common phrase in popular culture. The phrase exists to show the power of the image. An image can translate meaning or information in a swift manner, they can carry multiple complex ideas faster than any book, even books on a kindle. With just a single image one could begin a fire of emotion one’s soul. How much more in our day when we live in a visually saturated world, full of all kinds of images from those not only on our walls, but the images in our hands on our cell phones, the images on the movie screens, commercials, TV shows, and lets not forget the images plastered all over the internet via websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. We are a society in love with images.
Enter the 2nd commandment, where God is not silent about both the use and misuse of images in the Christian life.