Thursday, February 25, 2016

Christian Subtlety and Art

Some great thoughts on Christianity and the artistic endeavor from my friend and fellow pastor, Carey Waldie, in his latest book God And Your Talent:
"Christians struggle with subtlety in our art. We wrongly assume that we must have an overtly Christian symbol or lyric in the piece to make it 'Christian art.' This needlessly limits our reach and inhibits our creativity.  
Brand and Chaplin write in Art and Soul: Signposts for the Christian in the Arts'Our task as Christian artists is not to portray God’s plan of salvation in three easy stages. Very rarely indeed will we be called upon to tell the Gospel story in its completeness. What we can do is give plenty of hints.' Life isn’t always plastic and tidy. God works redemption because something needs redeeming…' 
Steve Turner comments in Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts'If the obstacles the writer introduces either don’t seem challenging enough (for example, the protagonist is handed back too much change in a store and worries about whether to return it) or don’t seem real enough (for example, a fight ensues but no punches are seen to land and no blood is spilled), then evil doesn’t appear evil enough, and if good triumphs, it won’t appear good enough. This is why so much “Christian fiction” lacks the ring of truth. The action doesn’t appear to take place in the “real world.'”

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