Wednesday, June 07, 2006

on art and beauty

I once was interviewed by a reporter for National Public Radio, who … asked, “Doesn’t all the music and painting and artwork in your church distract you from focusing on God?” and I responded, “Tell me this. If your husband takes you out for an anniversary dinner, and there is candlelight and roses and violins, does that distract you from feeling romantic?” That’s how humans are made, to respond to beauty with openness and joy-a truth more apparent to earlier Christians than to many of us today.


Posted by steve at 03:08 PM


  1. well considering our lives are meant to be a worship, not what we do in church, then the whole world is a distraction not just art in church

    Comment by Andrew Brown — June 7, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

  2. I thought God made the world and called it good. and Jesus invites us to consider the lilies of the valley.

    did God make a distraction, and did Jesus offer to distract his disciples?

    sorry, i’ve been distracted from my work 🙂

    Comment by steve — June 7, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

  3. Some people tend to connect better with God in an austere environment, sans decor. Not me, but I’ve got to be sensitive to their internal wiring in some way – not to the extent of dismissing someone else’s, however. For some reason you just can’t please everyone…

    Comment by Will — June 8, 2006 @ 2:03 am

  4. i am very much of the “everything that is in me praise the Lord” respond to beauty with worship type. beauty moves me to acknowledge and worship God. i long to see God in my everyday. the austere, sans decor doesn’t work for me, but it is good to be reminded that it helps draw others to God…

    Comment by lynne — June 8, 2006 @ 10:22 am

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