Why You Need to Create Beauty

Posted: November 7, 2016 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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This world is beautiful. That cannot be denied, but you don’t have to look too far to find the ugly. Now to be sure, God has created some things that sure seem to be aesthetically challenged, and yet in a perfect world they serve an important purpose and are beautiful in their design even if they creep us out (like spiders, snakes and all those other creepy crawlies for example). True ugly is most often a human creation—the result of sin and the fall and man’s inhumanity to man. I have to admit there are days where it is so discouraging, and if it’s that way for me, I can’t imagine how it is for God.

I remember walking around New York City and stumbling onto a side street, seeing this huge poster (picture building size) for a pornographic movie. The woman on the poster was beautiful, the degradation was hideous. Her God given beauty was being misused with horrible consequences. These are the things fallen humans do. I read the stories of horrible crimes, of violence and murder and death, the abuse and trafficking of children, and the list goes on and on. All misuse, all ugly, and the problems are huge. What can we do about it?

Well how do you defeat darkness? There is only one remedy to darkness and that is light and even a small light obliterates darkness. Light and darkness cannot coexist because technically darkness does not exist. Darkness is nothing more than the absence of light. Well the cure for the ugliness of the world in our sin is for the children of light to create beauty. Make no mistake about it, that is why you have your gift.

I used to have a pretty low view of my gift. I figured if I was ever on a lifeboat with one to few seats, the artist would probably be the first one overboard. I no longer feel that way. This world falls into ugliness quickly. Someone needs to bring the beauty, That someone is you, dear Christ-loving artist. Our unregenerate peers are making great creations devoid of hope. Some of their creations are incredibly dark. Who will bring the light? Will it be you?

We need you to create beauty, and keep creating it until it catches on.

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