Way back in the day, when I wanted to be a comic artist, I thought about taking on a moniker, a pen name. I was going to be Dangerous Dave Weiss.
Now if you know me, Dangerous is not necessarily the first adjective you would choose. It was sort of a joke because my dad used to look at me and say, “If you had a brain you would be dangerous.” Don’t get too mad at him. He loves me and he only said it when I did something that was…well…dangerous. It was exasperation, not abuse.
I gave up on being Dangerous Dave when I began taking Jesus more seriously, but lately I’ve been reconsidering.
Queen Victoria of England once said, “Beware of artists – they mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous…” Now I know she said that out of fear and prejudice, but wouldn’t it be awesome if it were true. The arts are so powerful. They have the power to touch hearts, to change minds and to cross just about every imaginable barrier. I think it’s that way by design.
I believe that the Creator gave us imaginations and creativity, not just so we could create but so that we could be touched and moved. The same power I just ascribed to the arts can most definitely be applied to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It too has the power to touch hearts and change minds and cross barriers and it is definitely that way by design.
The great commission calls believers to go to every nation. The Bible calls followers of Christ to help the poor and ignore lines of class, loving everyone, regardless… Queen Victoria feared artists because they crossed imaginary boundaries of class, but that is also the reason so many of us love them. Likewise one of the reasons Jesus was feared was because He associated with people the powers that be rejected. Artists, Christ-followers, I think it’s time for us to get dangerous too. Let’s be the kind of artists Queen Victoria warned us about. Let’s love everyone, serve everyone and point everyone to the One who was most “dangerous” of all.
Maybe Dangerous Dave’s not such a bad name after all. Let’s be dangerous.
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Genesis 31, Psalm 7, Galatians 6
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