Does Art Have a Place in the Church?

So yesterday I posted this thought-provoking video…

…and as I mentioned, it got me thinking about discipleship, but it also got me thinking about art.

Should we invest time and money in creating beautiful music or video masterpieces for church services?

What about paintings and sculptures and poetry and sketches and photographs and speeches that may or may not bear any explicit religious purpose, that often possess little utilitarian use but connect with something deep inside of us and reveal not only the imago Dei but perhaps even the Deum Himself?

Does our creativity reflect and glorify the Creator in whose image we are made or are we wasting our days naval gazing or daydreaming or creating simply to create when we could be spending our lives in service to God through loving and serving and relating to others, offering our bodies as a spiritual act of worship?

Is your art your idol?

Does your creativity point to the Creator?

Does art have a place in the Church?

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Posted at 7:00 AM on September 13th, 2011

One Response to “Does Art Have a Place in the Church?”

  1. Mark Armstrong Says:

    To answer it simply, yes. God Himself was an artist. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. The works of His hands clearly point to himself as a creator. You can take the approach that if we aspire to be like Jesus and God. Its simple. Christians and the church should aspire to be an artist. Period. Has art been perverted? You bet, like most things the earth has gotten a hold of. Have I taken photos that don’t point to God? Absolutely.  Has my art become my idol? I like to think it hasn’t, but I’ve not really sought out clarity on that. My duty as a believer and an artist, is to create art that points to God. The medium does not matter. 

    Here is an example of a fine creation from the Creator: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110913.html

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