2: A Creative Church
Church once was the great patron to the arts. Somewhere out of
the Reformation and consequent reforms an anti-art piety arose
in the churches in the United States. Perhaps it was an overreaction
to the corruption in the Roman Catholic Church of the Rennaissance
and perhaps furthered through the immigration of puritanical Protestants
to the shores of the United States and Canada. We experience guilt
over purchasing beautiful art for our homes and churches. We put
our "art" on utilitarian objects like a nature scene
painted on a circular saw blade; or on a plate that hangs on our
wall. Art is OK when it could be used for something "practical."
how does the Church in the U.S. get beyond our predjudices, guilt
and fear and once again be the "hot-bed" for the arts?
prepare sermons on a weekly basis that reflect themes for worship
on that particular Sunday. Why don't painters, songwriters, sculptors,
poets, graphic designers, etc. do the same? Think of the explosion
of creativity that would occur in the wake of such a discipline...
a firm believer that creativity breeds more creativity. I also
believe that creativity is at the heart of our God, Creator of
such a diverse and interesting universe. I think it is reasonable
to say that we are closer to being the people God created us to
be when we nurture our creativity. Could it be possible that,
all things being equal, creative Christians are deeper Christians?
first Renaissance was driven by the rediscovery of ancient Greece
and Rome. It bred humanism and individualism and ultimately a
more secular society. Wouldn't it be incredible to have a vibrant
faith community usher in a new Renaissance—full of grace
and yes, a Godly reflection of His creativity!