Est. May 2008

26 December, 2013

Artistic Blasphemy

And here we go again:
Outside theClaremont United Methodist Church is a nativity scene with a bleeding Trayvon Martin.  The California Church has turned their nativity scene "into a piece of art that comments on our times" for the last seven years.
Blasphemy is defined as an ‘impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things’; since art is often considered to be a form of speech, the definition applies.

How else is this blasphemy?  Well, the title of the work: 'A Child is Born, a Son is Given' is a real big red flag.  That plus having Trayvon’s bleeding body alongside the Christ child gives the impression that the ‘artist’ is equating Christ’s atoning death with Trayvon's; the question for the ‘artist’ is this: exactly whose sins did Trayvon die for?

Then we have the ‘artist’s complete confusion as to cause-and-effect:
For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.
Other than a backdrop being the painted scenery behind the actors in a stage-play, a backdrop also means the background or setting for an event, right?  Herod’s slaughter of the children of Bethlehem wasn’t the background or the setting of Christ’s birth – it was a result of it.  Matthew tells us two critical things regarding these events: in chapter 2 of his gospel, Matthew tells us 1) that Mary and Joseph were in a house, not the stable (verse 11) and that 2)  Herod had all children two years of age and younger slaughtered ‘according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men’ (verse 16).  Herod’s calculations came two years after Christ’s Nativity. 

That’s like saying the 2010 GOP retaking of the House was the background for Obama’s 2008 Presidential win.

Finally, we have the location of this blasphemy: church property.  The ‘pastor’ of the Claremont United Methodist Church allowed this abomination to be placed on church land, which to all and sundry implies the church agrees with the statement being made by the artwork.  This particular church then agrees with the idea that Trayvon is a type of Christ – and that’s a great big bucket of idolatry as well as a great big bucket of blasphemy.

But note something: who’s the ‘pastor’ of this church?  Sharon Rhodes-Wickett.  A female pastor.  I’ve had heartburn about female pastors for years and years, and have noticed that many times when we hear about some kind of non-Scriptural activities at this-or-that church, most of the time it’s pastored by a woman.  Not to say that male pastors can’t – or don’t – pull this same nonsense; it’s that very often we see the combination of woman pastor and non-Scriptural activity.

But that’s fodder for another post.

1 comment:

Right Truth said...

I had not heard this. Awful. Trayvon's mother was included in the 2013 – THE WORST WOMEN IN AMERICA article that Susan North wrote. I would not have thought of her for that list, but having read Susan's reasons, I think she is correct.

Right Truth