Nude Art: Is it good or bad? Right or wrong?
A Crucifix in a container of urine: Art? Does it have aesthetic merit? Should we allow our children to view it?
Like most Christians, I did not have any in-depth knowledge of art. I do not consider myself an artistic person. The result of this was my outward indifference to art. I knew little about art and therefore accepted art uncritically without taking into account the quality or significance of the art I encountered. Through my studies, however, I have found three reasons why every person should care about art.
- Art is Morally Relevant
- God Cares About Art
- Art Influences the Church
Art is Morally Relevant
Artistic change has always depended on changes in cultural ideologies. Art is like the picture book of the philosophical trends of historical periods. Artwork can express falsehood or truth. Accepting that which promotes a false philosophy will affect one’s moral compass. If we look around the culture, we see that morality is on a train headed downhill with no brakes. The arts of today are philosophically and.spiritually bankrupt. Praise be to God who, through Christ, can pull us out of the mire. Christianity alone can give justification to beauty and encourage excellence in the arts that this world needs today. One cannot separate the moral aspect of art and therefore they should care about art.
God Cares About Art.
Previously, I wrote an article explaining how God is the Ultimate Artist. Beauty and creativity are a part of who God is, and it shows up in His handiwork. Yet, God cares about art because of how art is used. In the Second Commandment, God is specific about not making “graven images.” We are influenced easily as visual creatures. It follows that God is concerned about what can easily lead His children astray.
Indifference to art has created a rotting cancer in the Christian church today.
For many, especially today, art has become their religion. This is idolatry. Art is used either for good or for bad, for God’s glory or man’s. Bezalel created beautiful art, Aaron made a golden calf, and King Hezekiah tore down beautiful art that was getting in the way of worshipping God. Spiritual warfare is fought not just in pulpits and prayer closets, but in art galleries as well.
Art influences the Church
With every commercial, image, movie, billboard, or book encountered, art influences the Church. How we engage in art determines whether we will be positively or negatively affected. The church building, music, and aesthetic quality of the decor will impact the believer. Like the Gothic cathedral of the past,