Don’t Teach Me About Truth And Beauty

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Art, Scripture, Theology

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

I have heard this passage many many times in my life, and until recently only with a negative spin. specifically, i was told that this passage made it obvious that you should only pay attention to the “good” things. songs with christian lyrics, movies that weren’t rated too high, etc. but after a good conversation with my excellent pastor, who is not only biblically knowledgeable but also cultured to the nth degree, i’ve come to a different understanding.

they say that this is clear in its exclusion of bad things….but read it carefully. never once does it say whatever is 100% pure, whatever is 100% virtuous and praiseworthy……, it clearly says “if there is ANY excellence, if there is ANYTHING worthy of praise”.  anything. meaning that a song with a colorful line or two isn’t evil, if in fact the song is a piece of art worth your time. it means that you have the freedom to take in a well made and artistic movie, in spite of what the male and female lead might decide to do with each other. it means that you don’t have to fear seeing something evil because you are focusing on the good.

it’s a very freeing thought for someone raised in a culture of sheltering…..anyone who still pushes for shelter, watch the village. if it doesn’t open your eyes, nothing will.

  1. timotheous128 says:

    I really like the way you put that, and I agree. It’s talking about focusing on the positive, not the negative.

    Excellent, thought provoking post. 🙂

  2. Hektor14 says:

    Thanks for this… gonna use it. 😉

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  4. princeasbel says:

    I think you and your pastor have it right, beholdthehurricane. I do listen to songs that have a “colorful” line or two, but you know what, I focus on the good. I like the music, the dance moves, etc. Who gives a flying flip if the one singing it had committed sin at some odd point in their life. The music is still good, and if we never know what they did in their life, so what?

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