Monday, June 30, 2008

To Be Creative

"The Art of Painting" by Vermeer

"Made in God's image,
man was made to be great,
he was made to be beautiful,
and he was made to be creative
in life and art."
-- Dr. Francis Schaeffer

"Art is the signature of man."
-- G.K. Chesterton

Have you ever stopped to think that human beings are the only creature on earth that feels the need to create art; to create, simply for the act of creating: to create, simply to bring beauty into existence? Why do you think that is?

It makes me think of flowers. God didn't have to make flowers so beautiful and with such variety. He did it for His own pleasure and for us to enjoy. God is the Creator, and we are made in His image, so when we create, we feel a connection to our creator God. Whether we are creating an oil painting, a poem, a concerto, a theatrical play, a sculpture - when we do so, we are connecting with a characteristic of God. So why is it so many Christians shun the arts? They criticize modern books, movies, and music yet discourage their children from getting a job in that "sinful" industry. How are we to change the creative world if we do not act within it? (Even God knew that in order to change us, He would have to act within humanity, through Jesus.) And besides, if we are going to criticize something, then we should be willing to offer a solution or alternative.

Just some quick thoughts I wanted to share... and a suggestion to pray for those Christians who work in Hollywood, in the music industry, in the publishing world, etc... as they try to bring forth quality works of art that bring hope and inspiration, in a culture that wants to cater to the lowest common denominator.


chandy said...

This is an excellent thought. I think the dumbing down of America is startling, and Christians especially should be motivated to raise the bar, artistically.

I go to a monthly book club meeting (led by Jes, who's commented on your blog before.) We'd love to have you join us for discussions sometime! Let me know if you want the info!

D.L. White said...

Sounds great! I'll contact you thru e-mail...