Reading “Art and the Bible” Pt. 2 – An Audience of N(one)

Chapter 1 Takeaways:

1.  I never equated the specifics of the tabernacle and the temple to God affirming the necessity of representational and non-representational art. God wanted pretty objects, both real and abstract, as a part of worship. Pretty cool observation by Schaeffer.

2.  I don’t know why it blows my mind that David wrote secular poems. All this time I only assumed he wrote love songs to Jehovah. Serves me right. Much respect.

And the big one:

3.  I’m so comforted at the points that Schaefer makes about an artist’s audience.  Speaking from experience, having an absent or limited audience threatens many artists motivation to create.  What’s the point if no one sees it? What’s the point if no one cares? If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know I wrote a post on this very subject.

But Schaeffer makes the astute observation that if one becomes a christian and gives his entirety to God (mind, body, talents, etc.) then they are freed to create for the worship and pleasure of God. Of course, this is not to say that we are only to create for God’s audience. Rather, it is enough for the christian to know that God sees, and he is pleased. Schaeffer lumps in plays, films, and even love poems between couples as pieces that please God.

It helps free me up to go crazy on any sort of project knowing that if no one sees it that it still holds great value to an audience unseen.

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One thought on “Reading “Art and the Bible” Pt. 2 – An Audience of N(one)

  1. The unseen audience is a good point. I think on the other hand many non-Christian (or let me phrase it more accurately: many secular) artists have a similar view, but replacing the notion of God with making art for one’s own pleasure/fulfillment/self-actualization. Vonnegut, for example, was a big proponent of making art just for the sake of “making your soul grow” (although it seems strange to speak of a soul given Vonnegut’s worldview). I’d be interested in seeing a comparison of these two motivations (because on the face of it, it seems that the faith-based view provides more motivation). I can’t remember if Schaeffer gives an in-depth comparison.

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