Handel “Messiah” Madonna “Like a Virgin”
Michelangelo “Pieta” Serrano “Piss Christ”
Bunyan “Pilgrim’s Progress” Nabokov “Lolita”
Shakespeare “Henry V” Ensler “Vagina Monologues”
Capra “It’s A Wonderful Life” Soderbergh “Sex, Lies & Videotape”
Over the last century, the arts have failed miserably to keep Christ in our culture. In fact, Hollywood, music, theatre and even dance and the visual arts attempt to push God further and further away. Christian artists appear to have given up, and even in our churches seem to have been “missing-in-action.”
Finally, after decades of disenfranchising artists, the church has begun to validate them again. Unfortunately, the church currently tries to deploy Christian artists to create a parallel culture. Now is the time to bring Christian artists back into “mainstream” American culture and restore the arts to their original intent.