Stories of Grace and Light: Telling The God Story The Creative Way
Once upon a time, In the earth year 1900 Narnia came alive thanks to Aslan. Aslan literally brought everything into being from an empty dark void by singing and roaring. He created the magnificent creatures, to the landscapes, to the sky and the stars, and so on.
Narnia itself was made in the image of Aslan’s Country, what was considered to be the “real” Narnia, although it was nothing more than a shadow compared to the latter’s glory.
This Aslan character appears to be quite powerful, right?
Well, He is! Aslan, who is seen in the form of a massive talking lion, is terrifying, graceful, and beautiful all at once. He appears in different sizes to different people, although he never changes; as people grow in wisdom and character, they can perceive more of his greatness. Aslan is very wise; a powerful force for good, but as Narnians often say, “He’s not a tame lion.” He is dangerous, and an unconquerable enemy, but he is unquestionably good.
Aslan is the one true king of Narnia; all of its inhabitants have faith in him, and obey him absolutely. He comes to Narnia to aid its leaders and heroes on important missions for external and personal peace, and to protect it from various evils. He watches over Narnia constantly, although he does not choose to solve all of its problems for its inhabitants.
Suffice to say Aslan is a divine being, hence his great power and omnipotence presence. Because he possesses this certain omnipresence, and he can manipulate, transport, heal, and manifest himself in different shapes. His breath can heal those who have been petrified in stone, boost the morale of the faithless, to mention but a few.
Does this Aslan character strike a chord with SOMEONE you know? I bet it does.
According to the storyteller, Aslan represents Jesus Christ, and Narnia represent earth.
If you already familiar with the works of prolific author C.S. Lewis then, you already gleaned that the above story is one of his many outstanding works.
C.S. Lewis who I consider one of the greatest minds of this generation uses this Aslan allegory in his books to depict that Aslan is the Lion and the Lamb; also said in the Bible about God.
Before the Narnia books, the author was already an accomplished writer with a reputation as an author of more serious philosophy and apologetics. While his previous works were remarkable, it was however his creative ‘Children’ storytelling that resonated with even the simplest of minds, and it is because of this that he is best-known today.
As it turns out, C.S. Lewis Narnia books were simply an extension of Lewis’ apologetics. The entire series is an extended allegory for Christianity. The first book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” was completed in 1948.
Without A doubt, Narnia is a perfect example of telling the God story in a creative way.
On a personal note, my number one God conversation starter happens to be my John 3:16 tattoo. I have three tattoos of which one reads “John 3:16.” It was my very first tattoo, and it is roughly four years old. I knew what I was doing when I got a tattoo; it wasn’t spontaneous or on a whim as it was well-planned, thought upon and orchestrated. In as much as I love the art of tattoos and the expressive creativity of the art I wanted to get something that meant everything to me. I wanted my first tattoo to be about something that defines me, and something I would never regret in a million years. God’s love, and Jesus’ sacrifice was the thing that stood out to me the most.
I knew that my tattoo would draw a lot of attention, and I wanted this attention to be focused on the right subject matter.
So I got a John 3:16 tattoo. It is by far the most talked about thing on first meet (i.e. when it is exposed). People get to debate with me about the bible and tattoos which is both a blessing and curse. However, when it is all said and done I get to share the good news of Jesus with people because of this John 3:16 tattoo.
American football player Tim Tebow whom I respect a lot (even though I don’t watch football) wore John 3:16 on his eye during the 2009 Championship game. For people who had no idea what that scripture meant they googled to find out, with a simple creative act he shared God’s story to 92 million people who watched the football game that year.
It is true indeed our age is the age of short attention span, so I know to get the message of Jesus across there is nothing wrong with getting a bit creative with it at times. A little bit of creativity never hurt ‘nobaday.’