07 February 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Prophetic Art (Part 1)

This past week was Recreate.  An un-conference in Tenessee that is by far the best church leader gathering around.  Rachel and I had to miss out this year being that we are expecting Micah to show up any day now.

But I've been able to kinda follow along via Twitter and blogs.  Definitely not even close to the experience of being there, but nice nonetheless.  There have been some great quotes that have stuck in my head as people twittered them, and I wanna use a couple of posts to unpack the train of thought that one of them has me traveling down.

The church needs artists to help "people see clearly what they always felt vaguely"
-Ian Morgan Cron (Author of Chasing Francis)

Love this thought.  It's why I am passionate about art and creative worship.
It got me thinking again about the topic of an artists retreat I was at a few years ago where we discussed the importance of "prophetic art."

But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"
-1 Corinthians 14:24-25

Just as some speak of prophetic worship, our art can and should be prophetic.
Good art causes an emotional reaction.  It requires a response.  It often gives expression to the feelings and truths that we just can't fully express through words.

If you are an artist, create art with power.  I hope that the music we write, the films we create, the photography we produce, and the visual masterpieces we labor over are echoes of God the Creator and give expression to the longing buried inside of the people around us and ourselves.  We need our art as a faith community, inside and outside the walls of our church, so that people will see our work and exclaim, "God is really among you!"

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