Kunst en muziek in de zending

Van Lausanne Movement

The Critical Role of Christian Musicians and Artists

People generally hear and understand with their hearts long before they hear and understand with their heads. And their heartstrings are generally plucked, not by the academic or the apologist, but by the artist and the poet. This reality leads me to shout from the rooftops that Christian musicians and artists play a critical role in world evangelization. Where the Great Commission has truly been carried out, the penetrated cultures most often worship and proclaim their faith in their own heart-languages and cultural styles.

‘Now, worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelicalism [. . .] It’s the one shining gem that is lost to the modern church, and I believe that we ought to search for this until we find it,’ writes A.W. Tozer. And the most valuable jewel is worship that makes sense in the context of one’s own culture. It requires symbols, metaphors, and rituals that help connect people with the invisible realities of God himself.

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