Why We Need Art

(Photo courtesy of scottericksonart.com)

Why We Need Art
A Look at Scott Erickson’s Desire to Creatively Communicate Christ

By Gabby Mehler

1 Peter 4:10-11 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Since the beginning of the church we find that beauty was widely considered, not merely as a means of extravagance, but also for communicating the Gospel through visual arts. Stained glass was used to depict the crucifixion during the medieval era, providing assistance for the illiterate, foreign, and more visual Christians within the early church. Today, many Christian artists are living testimonies that the Lord still uses art to communicate His message to edify the church and reach the lost. One of these testimonies is graphic designer, painter, videographer, father, and Christian, Scott Erickson.

Erickson tailored a four part series entitled, Why The Church Needs Art with the intention of expanding on that very statement. In part one of his series, the artist makes the claim that those who are skilled in teaching, illustrations, music, writing, ministering, or other gifts, are purposed to help create a clearer image of our Lord to the body of Christ. Erickson also states that spiritually uplifting art forms are just as significant as sobering art styles that resonate with the mourning, distressed, and depressed believer. Many of his projects deliver a simple yet clever message, many of them speaking a message without using words. Erickson has also created projects that use non-Christian art forms to communicate the gospel, an example of this being The Crucifixion According To Radiohead, where the artist uses varying songs and music videos from the alternative-rock group to express the death of Jesus Christ.

A direct quote from the artist on his blog page says this: “I hope that this exposure to the creative process helps evolve the visual arts to a more tangible and important element in our culture and brings about (in any way) an awakening in the human soul.” Using several different resources and skill sets, Scott Erickson has been faithful in his endeavor to communicate and shape the inner image of what we as Christians believe in.

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