Why Art Should Matter to Christians
What a great question! Should art matter to Christians? This is a topic that can be difficult to get our minds around, but that does not negate the need for us to explore the subject more intentionally.
The following article by artist and blogger Melissa Kircher from Relevant Magazine makes art and its practical application to our lives understandable and accessible:
"Imagine a world without poetry, dance, song, comedy, film, architecture, painting, stories, symphonies, theater or sculpture. Such a world would be bland. Art brings vibrance and beauty to our lives. Creativity is both a fully human and fully divine experience. It is an acknowledgement that something eternal and full of truth lies behind the temporal world in which we live. It focuses our eyes on the pain around us, the injustice in front of us, the joy abounding within us, and the pull we feel towards meaning and significance. Music moves us. Poetry connects us. Paintings shout at us. Dance energizes us. Art draws us back into the fold of humanity when we wander out full of pain, discouragement, and bitterness. It whispers, “You are not alone.”
"Creativity is both a fully human and fully divine experience."
"In today’s society though, real art is slowly becoming less and less present. Our generation experiences art as a constant stream of marketing. Creativity is now harnessed to push product. When we only experience art in advertisements, web-sites, brands and logos, we lose the invaluable ways that it helps us understand who we are and what life is all about."