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“The Christian in the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” Francis A. Schaeffer

I recently came across Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, and from the moment I read it I wished I’d discovered it sooner. It’s a beautiful description and proclamation of the role art has to play in the life of Christians.

As more and more followers of Jesus use art to express their faith, John Paul II’s words provide inspiration, encouragement and support. Here’s a small section – you can read the full letter here.

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“In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art. Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God. It must therefore translate into meaningful terms that which is in itself ineffable. Art has a unique capacity to take one or other facet of the message and translate it into colours, shapes and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look or listen. It does so without emptying the message itself of its transcendent value and its aura of mystery…

“In Christ, God has reconciled the world to himself. All believers are called to bear witness to this; but it is up to you, men and women who have given your lives to art, to declare with all the wealth of your ingenuity that in Christ the world is redeemed: the human person is redeemed, the human body is redeemed, and the whole creation which, according to Saint Paul, ‘awaits impatiently the revelation of the children of God’ (Rom 8:19), is redeemed. The creation awaits the revelation of the children of God also through art and in art. This is your task. Humanity in every age, and even today, looks to works of art to shed light upon its path and its destiny.”

Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists
1999

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The Importance of Creativity

November 22, 2010 — 1 Comment

Francis Schaeffer once said this: “The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.”

I think that is so true. Creativity is amazing, and I really believe that everyone is creative, their own way. Some people are more obviously creative – artists, musicians, poets, authors – and others are creative in less obvious ways – people who solve problems, who develop proposals, and brainstorm ideas.

The Bible says that man is created in the image of God, and God is the ultimate Creator. There is no greater artwork than the stars in the universe, or a sunset over hills. Being made in the image of God, people are therefore creative. I truly think that when people find their own creativity, they suddenly find a new and unique way to worship God.

For some, that creativity might be obvious. For others, it might be less apparent, but it is there. Whatever it is, however, it is worth harnessing, learning and developing that creativity, cherishing it and making it your own. It is a gift from God, and one that is uniquely yours.

Having started with a Francis Schaeffer quote, I’ll finish with one as well – a quote that reflects the impact our God-given creativity can have on those around us:

“The Christian’s life is to be a thing of truth and also a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world.”