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Paul Schneidmill


Imagery – Mental pictures or images.  The use of vivid descriptions or figures of speech in speaking or writing to produce mental images.  Representative images.  The art of making such images. (Webster’s New Riverside Collegiate Dictionary) 


Imagery is an excellent tool that can be used to provide a mental visual to an illustration, a clarification of a point or topic, and a host of other things.


Jesus used imagery in the Gospels as a distinct and profound way to give “life” to His “life-teachings.”


As a preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and one striving to be Christ-like in both actions and words, I also use imagery when I’m presenting the Gospel, teaching my children, and often in general, just talking to and helping others.  


Imagery is a great tool to convey truth, unfortunately, imagery is also a tool often used to tell lies.


Imagery in and of itself is not a bad thing; however, sometimes it is employed by people who do not use their powers for good.


Often, the pictures painted in the imagery presented can “look” so good, inviting, and real, that if you’re not careful and wise, the imagery is mistaken for reality.  One must be careful when presented with imagery.  Sometimes it is real, but there are times it is only used as “representative images” designed to deceive.     


Imagery has been all over the media lately.  Political imagery regarding the upcoming Presidential election.


Not only has it been presented in the media (i.e. television, newspapers, magazines, etc.), much of it has been and yet is being presented by loads of people who make a living pretending to be people they are not (i.e. actors, etc.).  Theirs is the professional art of making such images.   


Imagery is being used to coax, coerce, and even confuse masses of people in America today in an effort to motivate them to make choices that have the propensity to be life-changing for the nation.  Again, some of this imagery is real and some of it is only “representative” of what people want to hear and see. 


These “representative images” have to be looked at very, very carefully because many of them only “represent” the “truth” of what people want to hear and see.


One of the first major on-the-job decisions King Solomon had to make involved imagery (1 Kings 3:16-27).  Due to the generous ration of wisdom God gave him after he requested it, the young king was able to discern and determine the truth as opposed to being swayed by the rhetorical imagery, and make the right decision.


The Bible tells us that we too, can ask for wisdom (James 1:5).  We’re going to need that to see past the imagery being used to steer us toward a particular lever or touch-screen in the voting booth. 


In the book of Mark, Jesus is recorded to have had an encounter with a blind man (Mark 8:22-26).  The man wanted the Lord to touch him so that he could receive the ability to see.  Jesus spit on his eyes, put His hands upon him, and asked the man if he could see.  The man looked up and replied that he could see men as if they were “trees walking.”  Jesus put His hands upon the man a second time and the man was able to see clearly.  The imagery of men walking as trees was gone.


Have you seen each candidate clearly?  Are you seeing clearly, or are you believing the “imagery?” 


Make sure that before you cast your vote, that you’ve looked the whole, entire forest and not just at the trees. 


Trees can provide imagery also…some have fruit, others simply have leaves (Matthew 21:18-19).                       



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