This is not a pipe—Rene Magritte Often times the Church subculture can make visual art or image an adversary. I spend loads of time thinking on this and contemplating the theological history on the matter. Something I ran across today is a quote from the 8th century... "Nothing could claim to be real that did not lend itself to be represented by an image. To deny the image is to deny the reality behind it."—St. Theodore the Studite Although this is a direct response to the rejection of icons, it is appropriate even today on many levels. The creation and the incarnation give us a great deal to chew on when attributing the importance of matter. We miss intentional blessing from God to deny the means or medium God chose to create us, to redeem a people unto himself through Jesus, or more to give us signs that point to his beauty and purpose. The Incarnation of Jesus isn't the end, its a place to begin. Although it finishes the work of fulfilling all the prophecies, it also lays the foundation for the redemption of all things. "He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ." Eph 1:9,10