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Im a convert from evangelical free. 10 yrs
Most intercessory devotions are strange to me. Why would Jesus give us a statue to worship through after abolishing worship to statues.
If we were worshiping a statue that would indeed be idolatry, but that's not what this is. The statue merely represents the Christ Child. In the OT when people worshiped statues, they offered sacrifices to them as if they were gods. That is not what this devotion is asking us to do--or any such devotion. :)
I think there is truth in the new economy of imagery revealed in the incarnation. But sometimes I feel like the religious puts these things between our relationship with God.
Icons can bring our minds closer to worship, but when we make them a source of the worship, it confuses me. Meaning, when we seek them in order to seek God.
In our times, when most of us can read and write, statues seem somewhat pointless to us. But until quite recent times most people in the world were illiterate. Statues, paintings, icons, mosaics, stained glass windows stood in for the written word for most. When you see a statue of Mary, who do you think of? Mary, yes? And who does she represent and where is she now? She represents her Son and she is in heaven, so we think of those things when we see her statue.
I wasn't brought up kneeling before statues, either and for many years I saw doing so as idolatry, as well. But I saw an older woman kiss the hand of a statue of Jesus and it suddenly hit me that she saw in her action a way to say "thank you" to God and to make a physical connection to him. God knows we use all our senses. We are moved by beautiful music, for instance, but no one thinks we shouldn't have hymns or that they come between us and God. Statues are like that--they are simply another way to lift our hearts and minds to God.