The call of a Christian artist…

Precious Grace by Makoto Fujimura

Precious Grace by Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura is an artist made from a different mold. 

He is a visual artist that also has the talent to bring people together to share a godly vision of the future world of the visual and performing arts.

Fujimura’s ministry, the International Arts Movement (IAM), seeks to “gather artists and creative catalysts to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith and humanity in order to inspire the creative community to engage the culture that is and create the world that ought to be.”

I came across him and his ministry in one of the last lessons of the Truth Project, and what he had to say concerning art, the Christian, and the Church took a hold of me and spoke into my soul. 

I was so blessed to hear what this man had to say, that I borrowed the DVD, and took the time to copy, word for word, what he said.  More than I, he can explain my heart concerning the possibilities of the future world of art and what should occur now in preparation for that future:

“I think the church needs non-believing artists to learn from, to grow, and be challenged by. 

The way I approach artists and art in general, I make this assumption first: that all expression, all art forms, belong ultimately to God. 

Of course we twist them.  We twist these good gifts that God’s given us and twist that into an idol and make it into something that we can worship and that happens all the time. 

But a Christian’s task is to twist it back.  We discern what is good.  Unless we do that, we are left with twisted imagination that is not sanctified, and therefore the product of expression is always going to become more and more tainted.

Though the church may have left the arts, God did not.

We tend to have this knee-jerk reaction to the world or simply copy and mimic what’s there.  I think, biblically speaking, the Church needs to be a place, source, of creativity. 

I think, because we left culture to people who do not know Christ, we left it empty.  We are paying for the vacuum right now because we needed to be there with these artists, alongside of them, to struggle together.  But I think we didn’t do that.

We need to encourage our children to be in creative fields.  We need to be blessing them to go to New York and L.A.  To be an actor, to be a director, to have vision.  Be the next Spielberg and be the next Picasso.

Christians need to be seen as this creative force that the world sees and says, ‘Hey, if I want to be an artist I’ll go to church!  Because that’s where creativity thrives!'”

Concerning his ministry, Fujimura says:

“When artists come in, I take that as an opportunity to really listen and understand that they’re bringing in this wealth of information that the church can tap into and then learn from, and communicate the Gospel back.  They’re like a bridge.

My prayer is that the church itself would be seen as a place where creative arts are drawn to.”

Check out my vodpod to see videos featuring Fujimura.  You won’t be disappointed!!!


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