Maranatha and Art

January 3, 2011

I was reading some in A Layman’s Guide to Protestant Theology tonight when I came across this sentence:

“Compared to the medieval preoccupation with life after death, the Renaissance was relatively uninterested in the subject.”

The first place my mind went after reading this was Christians and the arts. There is a fundamental problem when we get so caught up in the things of this life – even beautiful things – that we forget to think with an eternal perspective. Whether you are a full-fledged Christian artist or casual movie viewer, we must look at art through the lens of eternity. No matter how beautiful any work of art may be, it is not better than what awaits us.

The Renaissance may have been uninterested in life after death, but confidence in the resurrection and an imminent expectation of the return of Christ helped the early church turn the world upside down.

“Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13 ESV)

His glorious appearing is our hope.

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One Response to “Maranatha and Art”

  1. B said

    amen Benjammin! thanks for the blog! 😀

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