Appreciating the artists

Some Christians long for simplicity, even stark and severe plainness, in their churches. I can appreciate their desire to reserve all their focus and attention for the Word of God, that they want their worship space to look like everyday life, not like a theater or hotel ballroom.

But that’s not me. I long for a separate space, a sanctified, other worldly space, where designers and artists have been commissioned to use the materials of God’s world—the copper, oak, glass, fabrics, stone, gold leaf, and paint—to express God’s wonderful works and our great joy in worship. I thrive on visuals, on color and form, to lift up my spirit from the dust to the skies.

I celebrate and appreciate people like the man whom King Hiram of Tyre sent to King Solomon of Israel to assist in the construction of the grand temple in Jerusalem, a place of worship where the God of gods and Lord of lords would make his earthly home: “I am sending you Huram-Abi, a man of great skill. . . . He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your craftsmen” (2 Chronicles 2:13,14).

To all designers, artists, and crafters in service to the Lord, thank you! Love your work.

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.

 

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