I believe we are on the cusp of another golden age of Christianity, not in spite of what is going on in the world, but because of it. As Father Tertullian said during the second century, the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church. Now more than ever before, all across the world, believers are being imprisoned, tortured, and killed simply for following the only truly, peace-loving faith known to man.
That being said, we really don’t see much of that persecution here in North America. We are blessed beyond understanding. But with that blessing comes a tremendous responsibility. Those of us who are far removed from the bloodshed of the martyrs and the hardships of the persecuted must do the work of growing the church. If the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church, then there must be someone who will plant that seed in the fertile ground of vulnerable hearts. I believe that is our part in it all.
Those of us who were gifted in talents of the arts were given great power. It is not governments or corporations who convince hearts and minds, but the arts. Not just written or spoken word, or visual entertainment, although those would be the big three. But also in graphic design, sculpture, painting, civil engineering, and even in unexpected places like information technology and event planning. Any work that is done under such circumstances that the worker can leave their influence in the finished piece to affect those who experience it, that is art.
The purpose of this blog is to shine light on those creative souls who have the courage to live out their faith in Jesus Christ and let it be seen in their work. And it takes courage, especially for those who work in a field where faith is ridiculed and spat upon.
But fear not, brothers and sisters. You are never alone in your journey through this world that hates you for your faith. We are all out there in the fight. Sometimes God puts us in each others’ paths to keep hope alive and to encourage one another to carry on in our purpose for Him.
It is my hope that this little roadside stand of a blog would be an encouragement, not only for those who happen upon it and read its posts, but also for those whom the posts acknowledge.