What happened to Christian art?
They just don’t make Christian art like they used to, do they? These days, Christian art is far more often silly, childish, or offensive than amazing. That kind of saddens me. Maybe not as many people are interested in depicting religious subjects. Then again, maybe the Pope’s just not paying top dollar for Christian art like in the past.
Either way, our choices are fairly limited when it comes to modern Christian art, much like Christian music or Christian movies. I’m not saying it’s all bad. There’s plenty of talent out there. I’ve looked for it and found it. But if you don’t want a Thomas Kincaid painting, you may not know many other Christian artists working today. Our choices are just few and far between.
Yet, every once in a while, a ray of hope glimmers for Christian art.
These images are a couple of years old, but they are fantastic. The artists at The Glue Society created four images from the Bible as they may have appeared if Google Earth had captured them. If you haven’t seen them, you need to check these out. And they probably weren’t even created by Christians!
Moses leading the Hebrews across the Red Sea.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Noah’s Ark after the floodwaters began receding.
The crucifixion. Tell me that’s not amazing. Now, if only they had made an image of the armageddon.
Maybe churches need to quit trying to make clever advertisements and slogans for our marquee signs and start making art again. Have you seen any good Christian art lately? Is art in need of a revival, or do we have all the art we need in museums?