Does God Delight In Non-Christian Art?
…Tony Reinke thinks He does and below is part of his conclusion:
It seems to me that until we are open to this idea that God delights in the display of beautiful art by the non-Christian, we will find it difficult to glorify God through the art we see. This is specially true in the artisans who are not Christians, who bear the marks of their Creator while remaining under the guilt of their sin, and who are in desperate need of a Savior.
So here’s a brief summary of what I have learned over the months in reading on this topic:
- The artistic gift in man is intrinsic.
- The artistic creativity of God is on display in his creation.
- The human artistic impulse is, at least in part, a reflection of God’s image.
- God delights in Himself and therefore delights in the reflection of his own character, artistic beauty being one reflection of Him in our culture.
- Non-Christian artists, while remaining in a state of enmity with God, will never achieve their fullest artistic potential.
You can read his entire piece here.