Listen to a Picture
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Scripture references are from the King James Version Bible.
(This message is also included in the hardback book, The Best of J. Vernon McGee, Volume 1,
Copyright 1988 by J. Vernon McGee.)
In Atlanta, Georgia, I was walking down a street a few years ago and noticed that one of the art galleries was having an exhibit with the theme, "Listen to a Picture." They are trying in the South to recover some of the rich culture that has been lost in the past few decades. There has been a decline there in the love and appreciation for some of the finer things in this life. Since I felt that my culture had worn a bit thin in places, I went by to listen to the pictures.
I discovered that there are two extreme schools of artists and art critics. There is the old-fashioned and there is the modern school. The old-fashioned school is mild; the modern is wild. The old-fashioned school believes in art being photographic. The modern one believes in its being surrealistic, and they include the impressionist and expressionist schools. Or, if you want to put it like this: There is the old-fashioned, the concrete; and there is the modern, the abstract.
Honestly, I found out that I have no real appreciation of modern art. They can print a picture of Whistler's mother, and it can look like a dish of wilted artichokes. In fact, that's the way it did look. She wasn't even sitting in the chair; she was off her rocker - and so was the artist, from my point of view. But if you appreciate that kind of art, fine.
The Lord's Art
May I say to you that our Lord drew pictures. Some think that the pictures He drew belong to the old-fashioned school - photographic. There are others who think that the pictures He drew belong to the modern school - the abstract. I do not know which side you want to take. The only thing I'm concerned about is to look at one of His pictures. He didn't paint with a brush. He painted with words. The only record we have ...
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