Sunday, May 18, 2008

Art in church

Really like this post by Naked Pastor...

Think he's hit the nail on the head here with this bit...

The church is generally a censorious community. In this environment art is
sanitized, tame and conformist. It is still art, but functions as a
reinforcement of the system. Expression is controlled and edited from start to
finish. This kills art because it kills creativity because it kills freedom.
Instead, allow people to be free without scrutiny. (I even hate the word “allow”
because it assumes it needs to be given when it is already ours.)

In due time, after people begin to realize that they are loved and accepted
unconditionally, the creative spirit will surface and artistic diversity will
abound. This is the harder but more genuine way. It means taking care of the
roots. If the root is unfettered freedom, then fruitful and artistic living
happens. It is the diversity of human expression of personality that makes the
artful life. Until this is nurtured art will be repressed.

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