Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Manifesto for Christian Creatives

God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27).

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God created. Heavens, earth, birds of air, fish of sea, plant upon plant.

God created, and so man desires to create. We feel an inward, irresistible pull (dare I call it a need?) to manipulate the world around us to bring something beautiful into being.

Paul instructs that "whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). We do a lot of things we could discuss, but for our purposes, let’s paraphrase: whatever you create, create for the glory of God.

Painters create paintings, authors stories, homemakers homes (by making rooms and meals and boo-boos go away)--imitating our Creator all the way.

But we can do more. Believers and skeptics alike imitate God in their creation because they bear His image; only believers can reflect Him by allowing their work to point back at the One who made it all possible.

And so, in whatever we endeavor to create, we also create a platform for the Gospel, an opportunity to add to the Kingdom beyond home or painting or song or story.

We can influence hearts.

So what is it that you do? And how can you move from imitator to reflector?

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