The arts are given to us by God, not just for our pleasure and entertainment, but to help us understand reality better, including our humanity, God’s word and salvation.
However, the Protestant (especially evangelical) Church has been ambivalent about art since the Reformation. To avoid risk it has ended up diminishing the visual arts in favour of music. Everyone is poorer as a result – both spiritually and culturally.
So church leaders should affirm the artists in their congregations, asking them how they could support core ministries of the church, and commissioning new works of public art.