Monday, March 24, 2008

Does God Care about Beauty?

Does God care about beauty as it relates to our worship environment? Jesus said that those who worship Him will worship in spirit and in truth. (See John 4.) So does that mean we should minimize the importance of external beauty in our corporate worship, opting for cinder-block ugly rather than spend money to create beautiful spaces? We Protestants tend to think so. Yet consider that God gave elaborate instructions for how he wanted the temple to look, inside and out. To give you a snapshot, here's what he said about Aaron's robe:

"And you shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. And there shall be an opening at its top in the middle of it; around its opening there shall be a binding of woven work, as it were the opening of a coat of mail, that it may not be torn. And you shall make on its hem pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material, all around on its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, all around on the hem of the robe" (Exo. 28:31-34).

I'm not suggesting we should spend millions on our churches while the poor languish. But beauty is a characteristic of the One who created the Cascade Mountains and autumns in Boston. And being made in His image, when we create beauty, we reflect something of Him.

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