Christians CAN Enjoy Beauty and Create Art
Many Christians in the past have avoided the arts. Many Christians coming out of the Reformation feared beauty and all that was related since they worried about it might corrupt the church. After all, Satan’s beauty corrupted him.
I think it’s time we rethink that, and I will tell you why.
I grow orchids, and I love watching them come into bloom. First, an orchid forms a bud, which swells gradually swells until the petals separate. What am an amazing experience! I feel like I am watching God’s hand at work. Many orchids have an intoxicating aroma that’s only present during the day while the flower is fresh. Watching this beauty unfold taught me something about God. I truly believe he is incredibly stunning. The psalms agree.
Watching this beauty unfold taught me something about God. I truly believe he is incredibly stunning. The psalms agree. You’ll see verses there that talk about his majesty.
However, in times past, Christians have avoided beauty and creative art since they saw it as a stumbling block. After all, Satan was gorgeous, but he became self-absorbed and fell into sins. The Catholic church had a similar problem. After the reformation, Puritans built their churches simply without the glitter of popery.
The arts and beauty can be part of our lives. I recall that runner, Eric Lidell, who said he felt God’s presence when he ran. I feel that way with my orchids.
Lora Zill is my guest today. She is an artist and has written about creativity for the believer.
2:00 Why are the arts important?
2:40 As a busy mom, how can you create beauty?
3:45 Decorating your house?
4:40 What if you are struggling financially? Doesn’t creativity and beauty take a back seat?
7:25 How can creativity become a spiritual discipline?
10:50 Talk about giving God pleasure and feeling he is pleased when you create.
8:15 talk about how the artist communicates to us.