Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Art With a Message

I can't get out of my head a quote from my pastor's blog (scroll down to August 12th posting). He attended Willow Creek's Leadership Summit (hosted in part at our church) and heard Bono of U2 interviewed. I am so blown away by this thought: "Duality is the mark of really great art and it's what is missing in Christian art. It's missing the tension that is missing...the attempt to wrestle truth to the ground is often absent." There's not much to say after that, only that we are drawn to art--in all its forms--that deals with our struggle between light and dark. I would say that art that contains only darkness is just as lopsided as art that contains only light. If we present only the happy ending to the story, no one can relate. Most of us haven't reached that yet. We dwell in the midst of life with sorrow and joy, and our art must reflect that. Look at the Bible; it's the least squeaky clean book there is. God doesn't sugar coat the darkness and the struggle of man; he lays it out for all to see and then gives hope. Christian art--to be truly art as Bono said--must follow that lead. The ugly coexists with the beautiful, the broken with the healed, and we know at the core of our selves that walking in darkness is what draws us to the light


Blogger Eileen said...

Thanks so much for sharing your pastor's blog---what an amazing ministry!

8/23/2006 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's an interesting thought---I'm gonna veg on that a while :)

8/23/2006 12:09:00 PM  

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