I was shopping around this morning for a new children’s book when I noticed a disclaimer at Westminster Bookstore that read, “Note: This book contains cartoon or artistic images of Jesus.” I then clicked on a link that led me to an explanation. It reads:

There are many people in our constituency who, in a sincere effort to honor the second commandment, refrain from the use of any kind of drawings or pictures of Jesus, even if not intended for a worship context (cf.Westminster Larger Catechism Q. and A. 109). Out of respect for those who take this position, we have sought to add a note to books in our children’s category which have drawings or depictions of Jesus so that they can factor that into their internet buying decisions, as they would if they could inspect the books physically.

That leads me to ask today, Do pictures of Jesus in children’s books, or any book, violate the second commandment? How do we as parents think biblically about this?

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