[S]teve Kasyanenko from EightM recently interviewed me about how artists can project the goodness of God through art. On EightM, Stephen interviews Christian businessmen and women, actors, musicians, educators, artists, athletes and entertainers from around the world. As one of my goals here on Art, Life & Faith is to help artists pursue their creative calling, EightM is eager to help you find your destiny, call and purpose in life. EightM offers compelling video interviews and stories to teach you how to achieve greatness to radically influence and change the world around you.
In this two-minute excerpt, Stephen and I had a great conversation. We talked about a number of key issues regarding the role of art in the Church and in our culture. Here’s a few questions we explored…
In a World Immersed in the Arts & Media, where is the Church?
Drenched in a constant, almost oppressive stream of non-stop information, how can the Church get a better grasp of it’s role in bringing the Beauty, Truth and Justice of God through the arts & media?
Is Art Just for the Purpose of Evangelism?
Must we attach a bible verse to our art to justify its existence? Does art need any justification other than for what God intended it for? What might wildflowers or a beautiful blue sky teach us about the role of art?
As the physical creation projects the goodness of God, how does art play a similar role?
What is the Purpose of Beauty, Truth and Justice?
What is the role of Beauty in relationship to Truth and Justice? How might we as Christians lead deeper lives with a robust understanding of Beauty, Truth and Justice?
How can we see the arts–music, film, visual art, dance, photography, architecture, etc.–as expressions of the goodness of God?
These are important questions for every Christian to explore. As artists, we must take our calling, our role, and our gifts seriously to make a creative contribution to this world. May the fruit of our work be truly redemptive, bringing God’s Beauty, Truth and Justice to this lost and broken world.
Questions: What are some of the possible many roles of art in the Church? What are practical ways we can educate other Christians about balancing Beauty, Truth, & Justice in the Church and society?
I’d love your comments and questions: