So back to the question at hand, "Can artists change the world?" When you reach the category of the arts, artists seem to be the loudest at justifying their occupation and importance. You really just need to watch the Academy Awards and I think you may agree. ...And this is not a bad thing- I'm an artist. I ponder. I defend. But when you look to Maslow's hierarchy... the arts? Hmmm. It is late in the chain. So as an artist it's tempting to try to elevate the importance of what I do. I beautify the world. Hmm. Maybe... I cause people to search their inner self and want to be better. Well, this sounds good. How about I lead a revolution of sorts as a precursor of things to come. Now THAT is worthwhile. With that maybe I can change the world. Ah, dare to dream.
Many say that the artists are just more in tune with the world, living on the edge, ear to the ground,sensitive; they are most able to "predict" trends, to foretell future events. Maybe artists are the canaries in this coal mine world. We send them in not to affect this world but rather to see its effects more clearly.
I wouldn't mind having both be true.
Meander down this path with me. If you could, (guaranteed no fail) how would you change the world? Yes, a whole lot needs changing, just open the newspaper. People dying from lack of clean water, women oppressed and enslaved, abortion, crime, ...the list goes on.
This world is a pretty sick place. Ever since the fall of man when Adam and Eve decided to place themselves above God and were thus thrown out of the Garden of Eden, we have been separated from God and living in a pretty cold, heartless and sinful world. Navigating it is tough. We all sin and fall short of God's glory, so how can I change this sin soaked terrain or the people that inhabit it?
Thankfully by the grace and infinite mercy of God, this world is not our end. We no longer need to be separated from our creator God. He has made a way for us through the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Today is Good Friday, the day that commemorates Jesus' willing sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. (If you are unfamiliar with this, I urge you to read Matthew chapter 27.) What causes me to pause, is the striking visual of the curtain being torn. This curtain wasn't like the sheer panels in my living room. It was 60 feet high by 30 feet wide and thick as a man's hand -or about four inches. At the moment of Jesus death, the earth shook, the sky darkened and this curtain that separated the holy of holies in the temple from the people was torn from the top down. Why does this matter? Well, it was a clear visual for the people of God that through the death (and subsequent resurrection) of His Son, we no longer needed to be separated from Him. By accepting His son as a sacrifice for our own sins, we could have a relationship with God here in this world, and a promise of living in eternity with Him. This world is not our end.