In a post entitled “The Deeper Magic” Rich writes:
Christians have always had a difficult time with the imagination. Our suspicion of this God-given faculty causes us to either suppress it or condemn it. We fail to realize that the same dangers that lurk behind the use of the imagination also haunt the use of our reason. Rationality – just like imagination – can be corrupted and distorted. In other words, rationality can be used for destructive and inhuman purposes in much the same way that the imagination can.
Well I wouldn’t say we’ve ‘always’ had a difficult time with imagination but I know what he means.
When Jesus was asked what was the most important commandment he answered “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Now there is lots of wisdom in this statement but I particularly note we are called to love with all our minds. Not just the rational part. All includes loving with our imagination. Our imaginations are God given so lets use them for God’s glory.