I’m used to being mocked for being a Christian. Most of it is tongue in cheek, every now and again it cuts a bit deeper, but it comes with the territory doesn’t it? Thing is I don’t really mind because in the interests of fair play it gives me the opportunity to present the only solution to the emptiness that most people feel but can’t face: absence, an absence that comes from a lack of a relationship with God.
Tonight I read an article about a piece of “art” hanging in the former Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone and I’m left feeling disgusted. Basically, a shock “artist”, Paul Fryer, has depicted a crucifixion but instead of Christ’s body a life size replica of an ape hangs upon the cross.
It’s blasphemy, it’s insulting but it’s not going to last forever.
What’s blasphemy? Wiki says, “Blasphemy is the use of reference to one or more gods in a manner considered objectionable by a religious authority. It may include using sacred names as stress expletives without intention to pray or speak of sacred matters; it is also sometimes defined as language expressing disbelief or disapproved beliefs, or ridiculing religious figures or symbols.”
Why’s this blasphemy insulting? Well, Jesus’ death on the cross as a substitute for the sin of sinners to satisfy the wrath of God is the sacred centre of the Christian faith, the focus, the crux, the Holy of Holies. It’s a No Go Zone.
Why’s it not going to last forever? Jesus’ has promised He’s coming back to judge all unrighteousness. Listen to the words recorded in Revelation regarding the breaking of the sixth seal,
This “art” is a window into what’s going on in the artists soul. And not just his but also the culture which allows it to be hung. Decrepid, degenerate, decadent, depraved. God says He’s very, very, very upset. Judgement, you can be certain, is around the corner.
To hang or not to hang? That is the questions. The “art” not the “artists” for tolerances sake.