Posts tagged ‘Light and Salt’

April 19, 2012

The Cause of Christ

A journal entry of mine from March 17, 2012:

Yesterday on my long drive home I decided to listen to NPR. I rarely listen to NPR or any talk radio for that matter, but I was tired of hearing the same music and commercials over and over. While I was listening, I probably heard half a dozen thought-provoking things. The story I found most interesting, however, was one about catoonists in China.

Apparently, many of these artists protest Communism through their art. These cartoons are not like the humorous cartoons readily available in U.S. newspapers which parody life and politics; these are thought-provoking endeavours to shed light on the realities of the Communist system. One of the pieces described portrayed a menacing fish luring a school of smaller fish with a glowing light. Mesmerized, the smaller fish do not realize they are about to be eaten.  Another artist featured creates animated shorts that depict occurrences in recent Chinese history allegorically.

The things described in this piece blew my mind. Almost the instant these artists post something to the internet, the artist’s account is deleted by internet service providers (imposing self-censorship to fend off government intrusion and censorship). These artists don’t give up though – they just create new accounts. (Some of them have had upwards of 300 accounts).

And so the question that comes to my mind is this: if an artist in China can interpret Communism intentionally through art to provoke critical thought, how much more can I create art that points people to Jesus Chirst? If an artist in China can persevere through censorship and continuous deleting for a secular cause, how much more can I persevere through no internet censorship in the spiritual battle taking place in artists and the arts? If an artist in China can alert people through art to a sinister agenda, how much more can I alert them through art to the most sinister agenda of them all?

Here’s the deal: how far are you willing to go for Christ? At FortyOne20 Ministries, we are not here to promote ourselves. We are here because we love Jesus and we love the people He created to be artists. We want to share His love with artists and we want to create art that is glorifying to Him.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).


Lydia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film. NPR has become a regular staple in her listening diet since that fateful March afternoon. She loves Jesus. ‘Nuff said.