"I remember reading a thing Picaso once said. I like to read what famous artists have to say because I'm barely able to look at their paintings without going into a coma trying to figure out what it's about. He said that 'good taste is the enemy of great art' which I think is very true. Good taste has all to do with being cultured and being refined. If art has to do with anything, it has to do with being human.
Here's the thing that I think we often forget is that we don't have to impress him. He's already knocked out about you. And if He was cultured and He was as civilized as most Christian people wish He was... you would be useless to Christianity.
God is a wild man. Because God takes the junk of our lives and he makes the greatest art in the world out of it."
The fact that God uses us as his masterpiece in the sloppy mess we find ourselves in... should keep us humble and full of grace for others. Although it doesn't always work out that way. Here's an excerpt from Don Miller's "Having Right Theology does not mean you know God".
"Theology can become an idol, but it is more useful as guardrails on a road to the true God. Theology is very important, but it is not God, and knowing facts about God is not the same as knowing God.
What I came to understand, then, is Christian conversion is relational. It is not theological or intellectual any more than marriage is theological or intellectual. In other words, a child could become a Christian if they had a mysterious encounter with Jesus, and a simple thinker could become a Christian if they had a mysterious encounter with Christ, and even a person who was a Muslim or a Buddhist could become a Christian if they had a mysterious relational encounter with Christ. This is the only answer at which I could arrive that matched the reality in which we live, the complexity of scripture, and the mysterious invitation offered to us by Jesus.
I hear the masses saying, “But no! A person cannot believe in multiple Gods and be a Christian.” Let me counter with some questions:
Can a person have bad theology and be a Christian?
Has your theology ever been corrected, and were you really a Christian before?
Is your theology all worked out now so you have no more reason to study, and if not, are you a Christian?
If you believe a person’s theology has to be right to be qualified for Christian conversion, then you are saying a person comes to know God, in part, because he has right ideas, and I respectfully disagree. Do I think right theology is important? Absolutely, but I do not believe it has any agency to convert anymore than directions to the doctor’s office has the power to heal.I have a friend who countered, adamantly, that unless a person understood and agreed with the theological idea of total depravity, he could not be a Christian. I asked my friend when it was that he understood the idea himself, and he answered his sophomore year in seminary. I asked him, then, when he had become a Christian, and he told me when he was in the third grade. His reasoning was obviously insane, and I don’t think he is alone. I believe that God wants us to engage with and be transformed by His Word."
These things should be so liberating and fill us with patience, grace and humility. I think when we really think about them and choose to acknowledge them, it does. Because we WANT to be the freedom freak Pete Greig talks about in The Vision.
Whatever it takes they will give: Breaking the rules. Shaking mediocrity from its cosy little hide. Laying down their rights and their precious little wrongs.
If we're holding on to our precious little rights and wrongs... we'd best not because good taste is the enemy of great art.