Tuesday, July 24, 2007

God's Masterpiece

It takes a special eye to recognize art. I'm amazed by people who can look at a bunch of trash thrown together and talk about it's genious. No, I'm sorry, it's not genious it's junk, and the whole thing is starting to smell a little. Most of the time an artist has a statement to make. Take the old Norman Rockwell paintings, they are interesting snapshots of a time gone by. Now look at Picasso and tell me what he was trying to say (I don't see anything there, but then I'm the guy who never saw the hidden images no matter how hard I tried.)

There was a story on the news two nights ago about an artist with something to say. He painted a box to look like a candy cane and put a speaker in the top, and then looped phrases like "You are special" or "You are a born leader and people flock to you" or "you are way better than Joe, you should've got that promotion". Okay, so I made that last one up, but you get the idea. The "artist" designed this white and red rectangle to make the point that people are too full of themselves and was hoping that this would be a critique of our culture's narcissism (I agree with him, everyone's too busy looking at themselves to look at me). Instead, people love to walk by it as it spits out compliments, not unlike how we all like to get a fortune cookie after a meal at a Chinese Restaurant. Rather than waking people up to the fact that we're all full of ourselves, he's lulled them to sleep with the chanting rhythm of his words. You can view the rest of the story here.

In Ephesians 2:10 it says that we are God's masterpiece. YOU are His very finest creation. He wants you to be perfect. He painted you to show His glory and to accomplish "good works He planned out for us in advance". Verses 6-7 provide a little more insight into why you were developed. God says that He raised us up "so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of His favor and kindness towards us". Like any other artist, God has a statement to make with the art that is you, are you sending the right message?


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