Part 5: Art Idols

September 5, 2012

(This is the fifth in a series of articles entitled DIVINE CREATIVITY that will present a Biblical apologetic and study on why people are creative. This series contains Scripture passages to read and questions to answer.  Recording your insights in a creative journal may be a valuable exercise.)

The context of Jeremiah 10:12 and Exodus 36:1 (from last week’s post) contains serious applications for artists.

In the book of Exodus after God led the Israelites out of Egypt, He gave them the plans for the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and chose the artists to make it.  The Tabernacle was the meeting place of God, where they would worship Him until they reached the Promised Land.  The chosen artists had a sacred duty to give their best creative efforts for the glory of God.  Although art created today will not be placed in the Tabernacle, giving one’s best is the only way for a Christian artist to create regardless of the intended venue.  God gives creative gifts to be used for His glory.

After Israel was settled in the Promised Land, the people began to worship idols instead of the One True God.  The idols were a stark contrast to the glory of God in the Tabernacle!  Described in Jeremiah 10 they were everywhere in Israel, much like the traps in our society for artists today.

Jeremiah’s comparison of pieces of sticks that cannot speak or walk to the living God is almost comical.  It most certainly is ironic.  The idols have to be fastened with nails so they won’t fall over, yet the earth shakes when the living God is angry!  The Israelites worshiped their art of wood, silver, stone, and gold, but their creations had no power.

Today the idols of pride and selfish ambition also have no power, but their lure is more subtle and clandestine.  Socially acceptable attitudes for artists— Bohemian moodiness and self-absorption— are tottering fakes for selflessness and giving the glory to Almighty God.  Why exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and serve created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised?  Amen

>>What are your art idols?  Pride?  Moodiness?  Your art?  Notoriety?  Fame?  Something else?

>>What will it take for you to destroy these idols, walk away from them, and give all the glory to God?  What will be the cost if you don’t?

Next Week: The Master’s Assistant

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