Sunday, January 16, 2005

Simeon Lumgair

Following up on my thoughts on Christian protests at Jerry Springer, let me suggest an alternative strategy... I conceed it may be necesary to take a stand on things, for the good of humanity (since sin damages people and God's ways are what we're made for) but there must be a more positive approach.

And here is the mind-blowingly obvious solution... Christians in the media, Christians in the arts, Christians in academic... People who will stand in the midst of the world holding a Christian worldview and engaging thoroughly with the world around them. Christians who will get in the middle of the things for the long term and produce the best quality films, drama, documentaries, literature, art, design etc... this is no quick fix and will take time but it's time to make a start!

This wont be my field but there are people who will be able to get in for the distance. The same applies to the sciences and politics etc. All the above is one of the key reasons I believe in student ministry.

How do we get there? Firstly students need to be encouraged to get into studying their subject well, to understanding thoroughly a Christian worldview and also the worldview that the discipline being studied presents. Undoubtedly those worlds will collide and Christian students need to be able to handle that collision with care, creativity and integrity. Mere polemics will not be sufficient, its time to be far more positive.

Those who know the creator have the greatest mandate for creativity and careful study of creation. Sadly for too long those who care most about the Ceator's good news have scorned the arts and engagement with the world out of fear. This has left us with an etherial evangelicalism which exists in the sunday service but knows little of monday morning.

This is a matter of having Jesus Christ seen for the beautiful and wonderful King of all that he is. This is a matter of communicating the creator's story in the heart of the culture.

For more see:
Simeon Lumgair, going for it in film.
Marcus Honeysett, who inspired me towards this post and is on the case.


  1. Oh yes! I would definately affirm what you've said there - Christians need to sit right in the heart of things, and get doing thier callings well. There's so much potential for living the faith well within our societies and cultures, rather than carping from the margins.

    My own fascination is in the possibilities of the arts, and from here I can see there first needs to be a whole letting go of fear & seperatist waryness by Christians before there can be any widespread and healthy reapproachment.

  2. dave, i copied and pasted wot uve written here into my blog...credited to you of course...

    wondering if uve ever chatted to ally gordon about his arts vision inside of UCCF...or if uve spoken with Esther Jervis who has been the arts staff worker in london fof the last three years, a couple of guys with great passion to see art students engaging thororughly with their subjects and being christians in the arts to influence and change...

  3. Yeah, no probs quoting it on your site.
    Ally & Esther are part of the inspiration for the post, having spent last week at our staff conference with them.

    This is the way of the future.

  4. Hi!

    I was really impressed with Meltdown. It was great to see a good call to arms for Christians to really engage critically and constructively with our culture.

    I decided that critically engaging with my culture around me is what God seems to have gifted me in and is something I really enjoy, and so is the way in which I want to serve him. I'm currently studying English Literature and History, which I'm really enjoying, and plan on being an author. I really want to see and encourage fellow Christians in grasping the wholeness of the Christian life and relating that to art and literature and culture and so on.

    We really need to be encouraging and training people in this - I always enjoy finding others who share a similar passion for reaching our culture with the love and truth of our beautiful saviour.

    Anyway, keep it up! God bless.

  5. Carry on with your good ideas. More people such as yourself need to be active for God. He is the answer to everything. Refreshing to read in this era of dwindling Christianity. Stewart Lumgair. South Africa.

  6. Excellent, that was really well explained and helpful