My daughter and I enjoy visiting art museums of wide ranging styles. However, for many years, our interest in modern art was disrespectful at best. When we encountered a work that appeared to be a random splattering of paint on a wall or canvas, we impolitely chuckled and questioned why this was considered art?
My attitude improved when I began to understand the artists behind the art. Researching the background of one of the artists opened my eyes to understanding the abstract representations and projections of the pain of his childhood, when he was abandoned by his father and his later struggles with alcoholism. Upon this backdrop, the seemingly chaotic paint drippings began to take on new meaning, even a hint at order. Much of it still leaves me bewildered but understanding the artist behind the art was an important first step to cautiously lead me to accept his creations.
Like viewing modern art, the world around me may seem nonsensical. In my ignorance and arrogance, I sometimes view the world as a mistake, even a failure of God’s. Poverty, murder, despair…how can any of this be the work of an intelligent God? How can a loving God allow so much pain and misery? If I chose to focus only upon the evil and suffering in creation, I will drown in pessimism and resign myself to fatalism.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Romans 1:22-23 (ESV)
The magnificence of this universe points to an even greater Creator. The canvas is His creation and we are a part of it. When I seek to understand my Creator rather than the creation, I understand that this imperfect world is not the world that God originally created for us. The Bible reveals we are created in the image of God and were placed in Eden, within a perfect world, to rule over it. Sadly, even this was not enough. Our ancestors disobeyed God, their Creator, and focused upon His creation, succumbing to Satan’s beguilings and their own temptations to attempt to be just like God. Sin entered into their lives and this perfect world was also infected. We still bear the tragic consequences-a broken world filled with suffering and hurting people. Is there any hope for us in this life?
Someday, we will all stand before Jesus Christ and give an accounting of our lives. Some may present the good works they have done, claiming these should merit their entry into Heaven and gain eternal salvation. Good works and living a moral life are commendable and many believe this is how God grants salvation, but this is focusing upon the creation and man’s answers and not the Creator. This is not what opens the door to salvation and Heaven. It is only by confessing and repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will God accept you as His child and fellow heir to His Kingdom. Your life will be restored to the perfection that God intended and you will live in the perfect world God created for us.
Understanding the Artist behind the art.
Have you spent time learning about the Creator of creation?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.