CSC #6 God Loves Art

When it comes to music and movies
I find that many Christians believe that the message
is more important than the art¢â‚¬¦

The CSC recognizes God is concerned about both¢â‚¬¦

Let me explain by telling you a story that happened 20 years ago¢â‚¬¦

Nancy is an artist who is married to my friend Art.
One time Nancy was explaining her amazement that,
Despite her whacky husband’s crazy risk-taking professionally
He always seemed to land on his feet.

I blurted out¢â‚¬¦Nancy¢â‚¬¦the explanation is obvious¢â‚¬¦.”God loves Art!”

A funny thing happens
when you say God loves art
to an artist
whose husband is named art¢â‚¬¦

For the first time I asked myself¢â‚¬¦does God love Art?

Of course I knew that God loves my friend named Art¢â‚¬¦

But does God love ART?
The kind of art an artist makes?

After thinking about it I concluded God DOES LOVE ART¢â‚¬¦the kind an artist makes¢â‚¬¦

¢â‚¬¢ For one thing¢â‚¬¦
the first verse of the Bible reveals something important about WHO GOD IS..
In the beginning GOD CREATED¢â‚¬¦GOD IS A CREATOR¢â‚¬¦
Not only that¢â‚¬¦everything God created was good and true and beautiful¢â‚¬¦

As my friend Nigel Goodwin puts it¢â‚¬¦ “God is the Great Artist!”

¢â‚¬¢ Because we are made in the image of God¢â‚¬¦
we each possess a capacity for creativity¢â‚¬¦

And some of us are given special talents¢â‚¬¦
Songwriters, storytellers, fashion designers, musicians, actors¢â‚¬¦
People with special artistic talents, glorify God by doing what they do well¢â‚¬¦.

Can I say a word about evangelism and art?
I was raised in a home that took evangelism and world missions very seriously¢â‚¬¦
That is a good thing¢â‚¬¦
Every human needs to hear the good news that God is our savior¢â‚¬¦

Unfortunately the kind of Christianity I was raised in
taught me all about God as the Savior who loves mankind¢â‚¬¦
But nobody told me about God The Great Artist..who loves ART!

That’s a problem, because as Ken Myers reminds us,
We were created beings before we were redeemed beings¢â‚¬¦

God saved us¢â‚¬¦not just so we can go to heaven when we die¢â‚¬¦
God saved us so we could once again reflect God’s image¢â‚¬¦
Which for the artist ¢â‚¬¦. means making great art¢â‚¬¦

The CSC knows this means
When it comes to the movies and music we make
God cares about the artistic quality
as much as God cares about the message¢â‚¬¦

British poet Steve Turner wrote a wonderful poem
That reminds us that God the Great Artist¢â‚¬¦
Loves artists¢â‚¬¦

¢â‚¬¦. (READ POEM)

Steve Turner boldly proclaims
That in heaven there will be poets.
Poets and Musicians.

We know this because God is the great artist¢â‚¬¦

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