Invisibility is not just meant for Harry Potter. Liu Bolin, a Chinese artist, is known internationally for becoming invisible. Bolin paints himself into his surroundings, making himself virtually undetectable as part of the background. He will stand there for up to ten hours, with strangers only alerted to his presence by his movement. Why use the paintbrush to become invisible?
Bolin’s art is a form of government protest. By blending into the society’s environment, he paradoxically shows we should not fit into society.
What can we learn from The Invisible Man? Christ did not call us to be invisible and to be undetectable from the rest of our environment. A light on a hill cannot be hidden but will shine out from the darkness surrounding it. Christ did not die in order for us to blend into our modern society. If God’s love is truly within, it will separate us from the darkness. Even though Bolin uses his paintbrush to blend in, God’s love will make us stand out.