03 January 2017
Evil be thou my Good – The Arts
Greetings Dear Reader,
I have loved Tolkien’s writing since I was a small boy. In the Lord of the Ring’s, Faramir is part of Tolkien’s type of those un-tempted by the One Ring. In the movie, he is flawed and conniving. He does right in the end but at the cost of part of Tolkien’s message.
This is a simple example of a greater trend. Very seldom is the pure and the good seen as the hero. We tire easily of the man or woman who is uncompromising in his or her commitment to right and righteousness. Our heroes have bloody hands and wild hearts. They do not have a moral code that aligns with faith and following.
I do not mean to say that everything must be Christian to be good entertainment. I do mean to say that it is rarely celebrated when a sincere Christ follower offers good art with Christ as the center. Those in the arts may celebrate any other diverse opinion but are marginalized or mocked when they make Jesus the focus of success.
It is acceptable to mock Jesus in the arts but not to uplift him. It is not acceptable to mock other faiths (I agree we should not mock them. There is no tolerance in the tolerant for someone who genuinely loves Jesus and centers him in their work.
We have transitioned as a culture to being allowed to claim evil as good in the arts. We create caricatures of those who follow Christ and enhance the ridiculous and the failed. The worst examples of Christians are held up as the norm. The arts are valued and appreciated by me. I wonder, however, if there is any consideration or tolerence left for those who love Jesus and treat others with love and respect?
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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