Art and Ideals of a Culture

king-davidThe arts are as important to education as math, science and language. In many ways the arts are a language capable of expressing the inexpressible human heart or the beauty of the world.

The arts can express the dignity and worth of man and glorify God; this is art in its highest form.

The arts can keep ideals alive, reclaim lost ideals, or develop new ideals within a culture that eventually permeate civilization (either for good or bad).

King David was a musician and poet. He sang:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” (2 Samuel 22.2-4)

King David’s words of truth still come to us across the ages.

A great vehicle for evangelism can be the arts. The arts in their various forms reflect life, faith and the world. They can herald the best ideals for the culture to embrace — ideals like the innate value of every human life from conception to natural death and every state or stage between those two points.

The arts call bring into clearer focus the beauty of the world, reasons to live and let live. The arts can praise the God of it all.

The arts express what is, or can be.

Mark Davis Pickup is chronically ill and disabled with degenerative multiple sclerosis. He is an advocate for life issues and disability inclusion across North America. He and his wife, LaRee, have been married for 38 years. They live in Alberta Canada with their two adult children and five grandchildren. Mark is available to address issues of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and issues revolving around suffering that often fuel calls for euthanasia. He writes regularly at http://markpickup.org and http://humanlifematters.org. For bookings, contact him by e-mail at [email protected] or telephone (780) 929-9230. Mark Pickup's bi-weekly column can be read in the Western Catholic Reporter (Canada) at http://www.wcr.ab.ca/.

  • Michele Marie

    Thank you for reminding me and other artists about evangelism through the arts!

  • Pax

    Music and movies and video games are the most influentail arts of the day.
    There isn’t enought ‘good catholic art’ out there in the mainstream. Anything we can do to fix that?