Romans 1:15-20 – I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome… For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. FOR HIS INVISIBLE ATTRIBUTES, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, HAVE BEEN CLEARLY PERCEIVED, ever since the creation of the world, IN THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE.

Life is a chaotic tide of experience.  It would be a nearly impossible task to record in any order all of the physical and emotional experiences you have in a single hour, much less your lifetime.  One of the major functions of art is to examine the seeming chaos of life and to discern the patterns and rhythms and then to create a narrative order that would lead a person to find meaning in their own chaos; to order an unordered fallen creation.

The goal of the artist should be to render the things that have been made in such a way that the invisible attributes of God would be clearly perceived.  As N.T. Wright states it, art should “come to terms with both the wounds of the world and the promise of resurrection”; art ought to recognize the patterns, rhythms and cadence in the wounds of the world, and offer a promise, in its own beauty and naming of Christ, of a new creation where the tears are wiped away. Art ought to be eager to preach the gospel to those in Rome.

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