Thanks so much to Shonna and the HKC team for this invitation! I'm grateful to be able to talk about the God I love and the new life He's given me to utilize for His glory and the good of the world's peoples whom He so loves.
After filming two other paintings for this creative prompt (yep, you read that correctly), I was finally creatively inspired by one of my favorite artist-theologians, Lecrae Moore, and his song "Messengers". I've included the lyrics video and the music video for you.
I am so thankful that my sons are growing up with hip-hop ambassadors like Lecrae as part of the soundtrack of their lives. The artistry is grammy winning, and on top of that, there is so much sound theology packed into the lyrics along with challenges to flesh out that theology. Lecrae is a "gate smashing" kind of messenger, and that's what I'm praying my boys will grow to be as well. I want them to be people who engage culture, who long to see people come to Life. I don't want them to be lulled to sleep by status quo religiosity or embittered by fear mongering politicians or disheartened by national and global current events or self absorbed by pursuits of Americanized "happiness" and no-pain living.
In fact, I want them to be UNcomfortable so that they are forced time and again to look at God and remember to Whom they belong. There is no god like Jehovah! And, I want them to really see people, like Jesus sees us, not as evangelistic projects or social justice causes but as divine image bearers who long for His shalom, whether they know it/believe it or not. I want my boys- I want all of us- to be "four chapter gospel" messengers, letting their light shine authentically and creatively and always ready to give a reason for the Hope they have.
"We’ve limited Christianity to salvation and sanctification," [Lecrae] said. "Christianity is the truth about everything. If you say you have a Christian worldview, that means you see the world through that lens—not just how people get saved and what to stay away from."
This means writing about things other than heaven and the glory of God. While that kind of music is necessary, he said, "Christians need to embrace that there need to be believers talking about love and social issues and all other aspects of life."
excerpt taken from this article, emphasis mine
How are you putting your everyday life where your theology is? How are you engaging the culture and peoples in your sphere of influence with His (way-bigger-than-the-English-word-peace) shalom? Maybe you'll find this article helpful and encouraging as you think about the creative freedom you have to impact the people in your life with why and how God is making all things new.
“You are worthy, O Lord our God,to receive glory and honor and power.For you created all things,and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
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PS...These are my first two attempts at figuring out what God was laying on my heart about belonging to Him/being a change agent in the world. This was a great process for me.