Theology should be art

dancers-Degas

“Dancers” Degas

I’ve always liked impressionism. I think one reason is that this art genre seems to express the heart more than the head.

And I think theology should be understood that way. From the heart not the head.

Theology should undertaken like an art form.

Someone once said that the Universe was created to the rhythm of the waltz.

I think this is true.

Because all of creation spins and flows to the graceful rhythms of this Divine dance between the Father, Son and Spirit that has been going on from eternity.

Can you sense this rhythm of His love, beloved?  Can you hear Him singing over you? Can you feel the Father moving with you, holding you, as you dance this dance with Him?

If I were to ask to you to point to yourself, where would you point?
(point to yourself right now).

Let me ask you this…why didn’t you point to your head?

We don’t point to our head because who we are comes from the heart. Everything flows from God through our heart.

It’s from the heart that we believe (Rom.10:9).

There is a difference between agreeing and believing. They are not the same. This is the trouble most have with faith. For they agree that what God says is true–they will even quote it and say amen–but they don’t actually believe it.

Why is this so?

Because our heart is what believes. Our head can only agree.

Faith does not come from the head but from the heart.

It’s tragically sad that we try to figure out God with our tiny little brain so that we can categorize Him and put Him in our tiny little theological boxes.

starry-night

“Starry Night” Van Gogh

For God is not someone to be studied as much as He is to be admired, adored, and embraced with reckless abandon.

He is to be pondered while lying in the grass under a starry summer night, with childlike fascination and wild-eyed wonder.

For He is the ultimate artist and the Universe is His canvas–it is He who lavishly paints endlessly diverse sunsets, and who the poets of Scripture tell us spreads out the galaxies like a tapestry before us.

Yet His thoughts toward you number the sand (Psalm 139:17-18).

Just how many grains of sand are there?

That’s how much God thinks about you.

For to know God is to know love.

No, you cannot study God to know Him, you must open your heart to Him–let Him love you and return that love back to Him in the rhythm of His heavenly song.

And you must learn how to dance.

For He believes that if we don’t approach life like a lover, we have nothing at all, no matter how much we know about Scripture, how much faith we have, or how many good works we do (1 Cor.13:1-3).

Do you understand this?

"Im Gart" - Monet

“Im Gart” Monet

You are His beloved, and He is your Beloved. And you were meant to live out this mutual affection in His garden.

“Awake, O north wind,
And come, O south!
Blow upon my garden,
That its spices may flow out.
Let my beloved come to his garden
And eat its pleasant fruits.” (Songs 4:16 NKJV)

God is a creator, not a scientist.

Everything about Him flows like perfect poetry.

And you are His masterpiece painted from heaven for glory!

“For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Eph.2:10 NLT)

 So when we read Scripture, let us ponder it with the heartbeat of heaven, to the rhythms that flow from His heart to ours.

Let our theology become love-drenched worship, intimate adoration, rather than from a distance with stainless steel reason and speculation.

Beloved, I would like you to take about seven minutes of your busy life right now, close your eyes, and just soak in the rhythms of God. I’ve included a music video clip that will help you do that.

And I hope you will see that theology should be art. Amen.

“Dance with Me”  Brian Longridge

Video by Nilla Nordvall

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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9 Responses to Theology should be art

  1. Y. Prior says:

    I really enjoyed the post – and your words flowed so well – did not enjoy the music so much – and have different songs that really allow me to feel God’s presence and touch…. but I am sure most others would love it.
    also loved this part – “So when we read Scripture, let us ponder it with the heartbeat of heaven, to the rhythms that flow from His heart to ours.”
    I think this is another reminder as to how there are times to maybe have scheduled Bible reading – but other times – as you note – we need to just read – ponder – feel it… – because feeling His presence is life changing, ongoing spiritual experience.
    and one last note – because actually – I think the good news is that theology does “NOT” have to be undertaken like an art form – and I say that after recently hearing a decent apologetic debate – and so while I get the point you were making, I think it is ALSO is very good news that there is some deep substance to our theology as well- or as Paul Little would say -some depth to what and why we believe (that supersedes undefined art movements….)
    ~y.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated. I don’t think apologetics and art have to be mutually exclusive, as long as we understand that without an open heart apologetics is just an argument. And we lose the sublime beauty and splendor of God that transcends any words. The very deepest things about God talked about in Scripture–like love– require a heart that is responsive. Apologetics can only serve what the heart already believes. That’s why it’s mostly effective with Christians, not skeptics. I know that the deepest, most substantive things about God are not apprehended by intellectual pursuit. They are apprehended by the heart that is stirred when revealed by the Spirit. Then, after a long process, our mind is renewed to what our heart already knows. Blessings to you.

      • Y. Prior says:

        whew – well said, well said. thanks for that!
        and favorite part….
        “most substantive things about God are not apprehended by intellectual pursuit”
        but all was spot on – and by the way, thanks for taking the time to reply.

  2. Cindy Powell says:

    This is like a breath of fresh clean air. Yes, He is a creator–NOT a scientist. I love the idea of theology as art. It would be so fun if–instead of a system of belief in which we are either “right” or “wrong”–we could begin to look at it as the unfolding revelation of His goodness and glory. Sigh. That thought makes me happy.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, it’s a very happy thought. 🙂 Our Western mindset has de-personalized God and made Him so transcendent that He can only be studied from a distance and analyzed by scholars instead being of a Person to be loved and enjoyed. In my view, it’s the biggest tragedy of all time. We’ve taken the “soul” out of God, if you will, and put Him under a microscope so He can be explained away rather than embraced. No wonder so many Christians hold little value for intimacy with God. We rational beings dismiss and relegate that kind of stuff to the crazy “mystics.” But there’s nothing more tedious and downright boring than the minutia of our systemic theology. I know, I’ve read a lot of them. Ahhh! So, we’ve left the truly glorious “deep things” of God to the intellectuals to be analyzed and everyone else is left out. But these things can only be known by the Holy Spirit and He is given to EVERYONE who believes.

      Even the Westminster Catechism says that man’s chief end is to glorify God and ENJOY Him forever. For the radiant beauty, splendor and deep love of God can capture the human heart like no other. As a song we sing goes, “You can love me more in a moment than other lovers can love me in a lifetime.” Now, that IS a happy thought! Blessings.

      • Cindy Powell says:

        Ha ha – so funny that you mentioned the Westminster catechism. Believe it or not, God actually used that very point to free me and help me know I was on the right track many years ago. I had this, um, problem in that I tended to enjoy God a little too much 🙂 I thought so differently than everyone in my church I was sure I must be doing something horribly wrong. One day my pastor read the first point of the Westminster catechism as part of his sermon. I don’t remember what his point was, but I know what God’s point was! I figured if it was “legal”to enjoy God even “way back when” then I must be doing something right! I still share that story a lot 🙂

        On a completely different subject, when you get a chance would you mind popping over to my blog to look at my latest post? You mentioned some time ago wanting to help spread the word about human trafficking and that’s what the post is about. There’s a special global “shine the light” day set-aside on February 27. I appreciate you sharing in anyway you see fit. Thank you! Blessings!

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