Last week I attended a coffee shop art show hosted by a few dear friends. It was a night of music, fine, arts and poetry. No one was making any money; the primary purpose of the night was for a bunch of Bible believing artists to stand up in a crowded coffee shop in the heart of the city and boldly proclaim the reason they create. They want to echo the creative process of their Father for his glory. But it got me thinking...
So why does art, and sometimes even artists struggle to find a home in the church? Why does it seem like the church is hesitant to accept and utilize the benefits of these things? Is it because the church is wary of putting too much importance on the arts? Is it a fear of making art the focal point and taking away from the main thing or elevating a certain person and their talents above others? These are all valid concerns and its part of the pendulum balance that we have to figure out as Christians.
Art is fallen. The arts community is a very broken, sad, hurting place filled with talented people who desperately need a Saviour. This is where the beautiful work of the Gospel comes in, this is where the church can come in. Art is part of God's creation; he loves beauty. But like everything else, its been stained and corrupted by sin. It’s supposed to direct our attention to God. Art is powerful, and people respond to creativity.
So where can art fit in the church? Art can be a light, art can open doors, welcome people in, art can be a tool to reach the community. Art in the church has been redeemed by the Grace of God and the artists who create in the church or for the church are creating for a different reason. They are mimicking Christ. Art can and should boldly display who God is. The Father predestined sons and daughters to be saved, and he made some of them artists. He loves it when his kids use the gifts he's given them for his glory. It's not about the artist. It's not about having the best logo, or band, or cutting edge design. It's about living as redeemed people in community, celebrating and welcoming wandering, lost, prodigals in our Church's. Even artists.
Art in the church? Yes. God's people making art together for his glory and the advancement of his kingdom? Yes. Revival in the Art community? Yes. Lord we're praying for all these things.