Was the Matrix supposed to be full of spiritual metaphors, or was it just you? Do you sometimes feel like a Christian misfit because you prefer art galleries to potlucks? From Battlestar Galactica to Jane Austen, this column explores the spiritual side of the art world.
The 2012 movie "Silver Linings Playbook" shows that in hard circumstances, almost any action can feel appropriate. The crazy things we do almost always make sense in the moment. If we do the right things, the world says, it'll all work out. But that's very far from the truth.
Video games have allowed us to be creative, to experience new worlds of fantasy, and to bring family and friends together to play in a relatively new way. Unfortunately, as with any good thing, there is also a dark side to gaming.
Many of us have been there at one time or another. We cringe through yet another curse word or inappropriate scene in our evening movie, wondering if we should walk out of the theater or hit “stop” on the DVD player and call it a night. How do we decide if a movie is appropriate or not?
Which relationships do you value? Does celebrity affect where you place your friendship value? What if you knew inspiring writers, charismatic musicians, or famous actors? Where would they fall in the ladder of important relationships?
God is the perfect Storyteller, who knows the end from the beginning. His fiction is so real, it's nonfiction. We're living it. God the Storyteller deals with the grandest themes of all: the glory of Himself and the salvation of the world.
A creative God and human creativity were made for each other. As the psalmist desired to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD, so should the Christian artist. We hunger for beauty, but we forget sometimes that holiness is beautiful, that God is beautiful.
How does the world of artistic pursuits fit within the Christian worldview? How are Christians like actors on a stage? And how do actors and other artists fit into the church and Christianity? Do their gifts glorify God, and if so, how?