For many years, the Christian church has been the subject of artistic criticism. Theological, social, and political critiques aside, much has been said about the lack of creativity.
In the future, I plan to dedicate a whole week to this topic, affirming some of the criticism, as well as defending what I believe to be amazing art coming from the Christian community. For now I will focus on one thread.
The biggest charge against Christian artists has been that there is a lack of honesty in the work presented, that everything feels forced or contrived, too safe.
Honestly, I understand this argument, and agree in large part. Much of what you see when you walk into a Christian book store is not-so-clever remixes of popular culture.
Take these for instance:
Rosie the Riveter and Monster Energy drinks go to church. It’s novelty, and while it is by no means exclusive to Christian companies, this is the church’s prevalent offering to the marketplace.
This should not be. Read More…
I’m not sure how it started, but all my friends are going vegan.
Pretty soon, I’ll be the only meat-eater left in the bunch. The others are laying down their burgers and fries in pursuit of quinoa salads. I’m not entirely sure what that is, but I’m proud of them.
I really am. It requires a great deal of commitment to live that way. A vegan can’t just go to any restaurant and point at a picture on the menu, not with all the meat, dairy, processed food, and added sugar. This means custom food orders or cooking at home. It means washing and preparing real food instead of cutting open a bag or popping something in the microwave.
But it also means better health. Eating organic whole foods and vegetables has proven to promote weight loss and prevent and reverse disease.
Still, I have yet to convert. It’s not that I haven’t considered it.
I’ve seen Forks Over Knives, a documentary on the tragic effects of our Western diet and the benefits of going vegan. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. The research is compelling. The point from the film that rattled me is that humans are the only mammals that consume another mammal’s secretion (milk). Yikes.
When I heard that I thought, “Well, no more dairy for me.” And then I had a bowl of ice cream.
But, there is still hope. I feel like first century king, Agrippa in his response to the conversion attempts of the Apostle Paul:
Almost thou persuadest me to be a vegan.
Or something like that. Don’t give up on me guys. I may come around. Read More…