The timing may seem a bit strange to be discussing art – after all don’t we have more pressing and practical matters to discuss? Why bother with such matters of higher culture in a time when the foundations of society are shaking?
The answer is simple. Art is essential to our identity as image bearers of God. We are made to reflect the author and source of every expression of beauty, and power, and wisdom, and honor and glory. From the child who puts her crayon to the page, to the conductor who grasps his baton, we are reflecting the glory of the Creator of all beauty. As the Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Ps. 19:1-2)
Art in all its forms, is the expression of what captivates the mind and heart of the artist – art is really an expression of worship – When we who are image bearers of God himself create music, story, video, sculpture or whatever other medium we use to express what captures our hearts we not only reflect God’s creative genius, we put to form what captures our imagination and affections. Art carries with it the capacity to inspire, to create wonder, to lift the spirit and mind.
Yet, while we are image bearers of God, apart from Christ we are fallen creatures. As such, art, in its various forms can be inglorious, grotesque, weak, lacking in craftsmanship, and dishonorable. We are in need of redemption. Thank God in Christ, we have been granted that redemption through faith in Jesus. In the spiritual rebirth He grants, every aspect of our lives is renewed – including art.
So, for the average saint, how do we consider the place of art in our lives, and why does it matter?