The role of the Christian church in the world is to be a counter-culture, a new society that is based on the values of the kingdom and shaped by the teaching of Scripture and headed by Christ himself, a new Israel. It's important to note that the role of the church and of the state is not the same. The function of the state is to restrain evil and to promote good.
The evangelical church must make significant progress in valuing and embracing the arts. This is the case both because the arts are inherently valuable (they're valuable because of what they are as well as what they do) and because the arts play a critical role in the formation of culture.
Harry Brown (2009) is a remarkable film. It powerfully captures the sad conjunction of individual and societal sin that creates the dark reality of life in many urban centers around the globe. What's missing from the movie are the twin themes central to Christian belief--grace and redemption.
I am still musing on Purple State of Mind so expect a post tomorrow.
I am heading over to North Carolina School of the Arts for a viewing of an interesting documentary, Purple State of Mind. Here's how it is described: Welcome to a conversation between two old friends. Welcome to a real conversation about the things that divide and unite all of us: our memories, our identities, our beliefs, …