#KeepCreating Part 2: Creativity Influences Culture
The year 2020 has been one for the history books, but not for the reasons we all would want. Covid-19 essentially closed the country down; the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of police has lit our country up. Roughly 60 years ago, the Civil Rights Movement sought to end legalized racial discrimination against black people in our country. Sadly, we know that we are far from where we should be and where we want to be. We must move, act, and create beauty in our ugly world.
To our peril, the news media has been the authoritative voice in millions of Americans’ lives, and particularly, the lives of evangelical Christians. The narrative saturating the endless talk of political figures is rooted in agendas, competition, and politics. We desperately need a different narrative – one that flows from the Biblical narrative and is rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.” Ephesians 2:13-16
The Biblical narrative is the story of God acting in human history to bring forth salvation and His Kingdom, which is characterized by the reign of Jesus Christ. Jesus really does change everything. The Kingdom of God is a reality where love, salvation, forgiveness, unity, hope and justice win the day and where God’s people live in freedom. The truth is, we need this narrative to flow from more mediums than just church pulpits.
Music. Films. Books. Podcasts. Blogs. Poetry. Entrepreneurship. Documentaries. Nonprofits. All of these and more are channels for creativity to powerfully tell and retell the way relationships, culture, and life can be when Jesus is our King. Can you imagine it? Millions of followers of Jesus responding to their creative passion and vision by creating.
The arts are an influential force in our culture. What’s holding you back from chasing your dream of pursuing your creative passion? In this day of grief, mourning, sadness and anger, we need you! We need you to courageously and compassionately create so that the hope and truth of Jesus will change people’s lives. So that racism would be put to death. So that systemic racism would be purged from our culture. So that we would experience greater love, reconciliation, and justice.
Storehouse is a community and a platform that celebrates and supports Kingdom creators, and we stand with our black friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Jesus who have suffered deep discrimination and overt oppression. This is our day and time to bring forth the Kingdom of God through our obedience in our creative work and projects. #KeepCreating