Growing up as I did in a mixture of contemporary Independent/Southern Baptist churches and attending a private Christian school run by a Fundamentalist Baptist church, I did not have much encounter with the more sophisticated arguments from our Eastern Orthodox and even Roman Catholic friends regarding the use of icons in worship. I just knew from what I had been told that obviously they were at best confused, or at worst, intentionally worshipping graven images rather than the one True God, possibly also sacrificing cats to them in secret.
Coming back to the issue years later, I still have some serious (though much better informed) reservations regarding the issues of icons, especially related to veneration of saints, etc., though I am a little more charitable towards those who do such than my upbringing may have been. But I look around at things happening in the contemporary church, and I wonder whether or not many Protestant churches have moved into a de facto system of iconography, even if they haven’t embraced a doctrinal one.
Some possible examples:
-The use of banners in worship, many of which contain images.
-Powerpoint during worship songs, especially those that contained pictorial or artistic representations of Jesus.
What do you think? Is this a form of iconography? Is it helpful? Merely distracting? I’d love some feedback on this!