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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

making the mundane sacred

So, I like art and think it can be used in worship, if done with explanation and sensitivity.
But why do I like art? Because it uses the mundane to describe the indescribable.
It takes a two dimensional space, or watered-dirt (clay) and creates depth in a new manner.
In doing so it connects us with the Creator.

In the Christian faith, we believe that the Creator was not content with merely “creating” but also wanted to become part of creation, therefore God took on human skin (seminary qualification: “became fully human”).

The incarnation makes the mundane sacred. By Jesus being fully human, he accepted the risk, vulnerability, and humiliation of human life.

Not only that, but by dying upon a rugged cross, God took a mundane torture device and transformed it into a sacred tool for dispensing grace. By using bread and wine, Jesus took base elements to represent the divine reality.

Visual art, when used appropriately, is not an idol—which Deuteronomy speaks against—but a mundane device that becomes transformed into a sacred tool. The process of taking charcoal, clay, bronze, paint, or other base earthly elements and developing art which transcends physical meaning to provide emotional and spiritual meaning may help humanity connect with our Incarnate God and should not be dismissed. Since our faith rests in the Incarnation, we hold onto the idea that God has chosen to make sacred the mundane, and graciously invited us into that process

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