Sunday, December 17, 2006

"Missional Art" -- What is That?

Well, it is the best phrase I can think of to describe art that draws those who recieve it into relationship with God. There is creation itself which, according to the Bible, "declares the glory of God." So that means all of creation is "missional art." If we are receptive to God's art, if we "open our eyes" and hearts, then we can know a great deal about The One who created it.

I think most of the art that people create has a purpose, perhaps all of it does. Even when little children draw what looks like random lines they are "trying to get something out." They are communicating.

But, when I use the phrase "Missional Art" I am referring to art created by someone who knows God and who, through the creative process, intentionally or unintentionally, communicates something about God. Some of the most effective Missional Art is not symbolic (such as a painting of the cross). The rock band U2 is a great example of outstanding Missional Art that is subtle but powerfully missional.

Help me expand on this....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"...missional art doesn't have to be "Christian" to have a powerful impact for good."
In U2's case, their art is Christian alright, but like a parable, can reveal or conceal truth simultaneously.

I wonder what percentage of U2 fans understand what the stone refers to in their new single Window in the Skies:

The rule has been disproved
The stone has been moved
The grave is now a groove
All debts are removed, ooh

Drawing Their Fish in the Sand

"We've found different ways of expressing it, and recognized the power of the media to manipulate such signs. Maybe we just have to sort of draw our fish in the sand. It's there for people who are interested. It shouldn't be there for people who aren't." -- Bono on faith, quoted in "U2 at the End of the World"
U2 quiz