Thursday, April 10, 2008

Artistic Endeavor as worship

9 Reasons I'm a Photographer. It's a series of posts where a photographer named Bill Walsh fleshes explains the redeeming qualities of his art.

I'm not a photographer, but this list -- over at Piper's Desiring God Blog -- is broadly applicable to any artistic pursuit by Christians. We need to engage the culture with the right motive and competence -- whatever the field.

The list:
  1. Creation is a gift from God (and by creation, I mean all that God has made, not just mountains, birds, and trees). It is meant to display and communicate his glory.
  2. God hides himself in creation. Unbelievers seldom see him in it, but believers are given eyes to see, so they can glorify God through it.
  3. In order to glimpse of the glory of God in creation, we actually have to engage with it.
  4. All art has one source: God’s universe. We create nothing, but only imitate the creator.
  5. Cultural and artistic expressions are gifts from God which we should not neglect.
  6. Culture that glorifies God is a foretaste of what we will experience in the new heavens and new earth.
  7. Christians should avoid quickly judging cultural expression as sacred or secular. God also reveals himself through his common grace.
  8. Christian cultural expression should not solely focus on the beautiful and the romantic, but should include the flawed.
  9. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of fusing heaven and earth, and serves as the ultimate source of inspiration for those engaged in artistic pursuits.

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