Beauty, Creativity, Arts, & Science
The very best in all of these disciplines should be coming out of the Christian community. We have access to the biggest and best creative pool anyone has ever known and additionally we are tied into the source of all knowledge and wisdom.
So why is so much art generated by those who would call themselves by the name of Christ mediocre? Now before you go getting all defensive, I did not say all but much, and before you comment go turn on a Christian radio, TV, or movie and honestly evaluate and compare. Are the production levels, the performances, the sense of it up to what the rest of the world produces? Or is it more like comparing a Hollywood blockbuster with a 14 year olds hand-held production. Is the musicality there or is it akin to listening to an 8-track from the 70’s?
We, the church, used to lead. It did not matter if it was Art: the David, the Sistine Chapel, or countless others, Music: Bach, Brahms et al, Science Newton, Galileo, and others. So what happened? When did it change? And when are we going to reclaim our place of leadership? It’s way past time for those who would call themselves Christian to stop shying away from or even being antagonistic to art and science and realize our God-given talents.
Lead, Excel, Be Great
Do you really think we should just put it out even if it’s only mediocre? I have to wonder even with this blog and some other things I am working on if it is the best it can be. Am I just phoning it in? Is it good enough, or am I short-changing not just you, but also God?
I believe that the Christian ethic demands to do what I can to produce the best product I am capable of creating. That includes taking the time and effort to become better. This blog, the classes I teach, if they’re not better this month than they were last then what value are they?
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” – Colossians 3:23