By Jim Denison (excerpt)
The ceiling design in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in England is stunning. However, it can be painful to look upward for a long period of time, so a mirror has been placed on the floor.
When I have visited over the years, I always looked down so I could look up. But no one standing beside me thought the mirror was the origin of the incredible artistry it reflects.
Unfortunately, many make just this mistake with creation and its Creator.
I have known scientists who were fascinated with the incredible intricacies of the human body without giving a thought to the One who designed it. I have known artists who were grateful for their artistic gifts but never thought to express gratitude to their Giver.
It is as though a painting exists without a painter or a house without a builder.
Romans 1:20-24 talks of these people: For since the creation of the world [God's] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, ... but... Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
While we must not mistake the reflection in the mirror for the original, we must also not assume the original is no better than the reflection. Just as the mirror on the floor of the cathedral cannot capture the vast, awesome beauty of the ceiling, and can become dirty or warped, in such a way when you see churches or Christians who are imperfectly reflecting the goodness and love of God, don't blame the original, just make the effort to look up.•
Please see Dr. Dension's full article at denisonforum.org