What a Difference the Cross Makes…

Posted: May 31, 2016 in Art Technique, Thoughts on art ministry and life
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One of the things we in the church get concerned about over and over again is immorality and rightly so, but sometimes I think we need to look at it differently. First of all for some reason we have relegated immorality to sexual things and while there is no shortage of immorality in that realm, all sin is immoral. The fact that there are starving children in the world is immoral so long as there are people who can help them. Seeing people needing help and not helping them is immoral, etc., etc,. etc.

One day as I was thinking about this, I looked at the word itself and discovered there is only one letter’s difference between immorality and immortality and that one letter looks kind of like a cross, and that’s when it hit me, when we bring the cross into an immoral world we have a very real chance to see immorality transformed as immoral people (all of us because we all have sinned) receive Christ and are transformed to immortality in Christ. As we who are transformed are faithful in sharing the Gospel, we are used bring more and more people from immorality to immortality. That’s what this piece of art is supposed to represent.

immorality

I did this in my church and my wife saw another possibility, that when we look at immorality and we look at our choices, what if we looked at the word and saw those first five letters, as in I’m mor[e] like I’m worth more than the choice I’m about to make. I thought that was great as well.

I’ve also thought of another use for this piece. Sometimes we talk about going to heaven with out talking about the cross. When we take the cross from immortality we run the risk of turning it into immorality. We only receive immortality through Christ and His finished work on the cross.

That’s the thing about art. It makes different people see different things, but if we who are make it are careful and faithful, we can use it to share great truth.

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