Imagine no Imagination
Shake Your Fists and Pick a Fight



Imagine a world where the poor were no longer hungry. Imagine a world where the meek were the Kings and Queens. Imagine a world where the first are not first and that logical, rational and fair approach to affirmation and love is replaced with lunacy and insane injustice where the last are first – a place where none of us have insecurities or inferiorities or any need for anorexia, drug addiction, sexual promiscuity and suicide. Imagine a place where enemies came together and hugged, forgave and loved each other into ridding themselves of their prejudice, bigotry and hate.

God did a lot of imagining. He imagined blue and green and red and yellow. He imagined oceans and beaches and moon’s reflecting off the surface of the bay, lovers walking on that beach with romance keeping them warm inside, in the evening air. God imagined an earth spinning in a Universe and in the end God imagined that he would die for you and me.

Jesus came to live among us imagining and inspiring his followers to imagine. Imagine a son who throws his father’s inheritance away in hedonistic over indulgence coming home and getting a party thrown for him. Imagine a world where the workers who work for the last ten minutes get the same wage as those who worked all day. Imagine where the poor are blessed, where the mourners are comforted, where God’s Kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven. Imagine that.

But do we. It seems that perhaps missing from our modern Church life is a wild imagining. Before God made, he imagined. Before we are going to make an impression we need to imagine. We have become suspicious and fearful of that, particularly in evangelicalism. The scientific ways of modernity have sneaked into our theologically rigid and behavioural legalistic Church. “This is how we do things.”

The first thing we learn about God in Scripture is that he imagined and created. When we read that we are made in his image that is all we know about who we are. We are like God, imaginers and artists. To follow Jesus is to begin to ask what will the Kingdom of God look like if it comes onto the streets of our country as it is in heaven. What would that mean for our fellowships? What would that mean for us in our use of money and time with relation to the poor? What would it mean in my relationship with the other side of our political divide? Could we imagine a hug there? Imagine that as a sign of the Kingdom coming across the world’s television sets.

My daughter is four and already asked to colour inside the lines. Already her imagination is being oppressed and confined. I pray for her, in her life, as well as her art and for you and for me that we would let our imagination go mad, smash the lines to pieces and throw shapes and shimmy and shake this world on its head so that we might bring the provocative agitating yet gloriously beautiful wildness of God to the streets of Ireland. Imagine that!


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