Justice will move into the badlands desert.Isaiah 32:17
Right will build a home in the fertile field.
And where there’s Right, there’ll be Peace
and the progeny of Right: quiet lives and endless trust.
My people will live in a peaceful neighborhood—
in safe houses, in quiet gardens.
The forest of your pride will be clear-cut,
the city showing off your power leveled.
But you will enjoy a blessed life,
planting well-watered fields and gardens.
Driving through the South Dakota Badlands is a beautiful experience. One I totally enjoyed with my daughter. But after a while it was miles and miles of heat, rocks, no water. (Signs were posted to carry water with you if you considered walking on the designated trails). It could turn very bleak very fast if a catastrophe happened and we were on our own. Living conditions like this without being asked permission or experiencing emotional circumstances just as raw with no change in sight are the reality of injustice in this world.
How does righteousness and peace enter into the world of creativity? Is social justice only a matter for those who studied these areas in college and are working within the system? What does art have to do with equality?
These plaques are part of an artistic memorial in my city to remember.1 The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial is a tribute not only to the horror, but also how steps can be taken to go forward. This is where art and creativity are used to help, heal, engage and not slide backwards. To read about the background behind the plaques, please go to this website. https://claytonjacksonmcghie.org/
Is creativity for justice a reality in your heart? What might it cost if you actually asked to see with His Lens and reflect through His Heart?
The more you ask for God to be involved in your art, in your life, it means you may not have the final say. That is a scary. This is freeing.
Reflecting God’s heart does not mean heaping shame upon past decisions. Art of this type is not to be used as an angry “in your face” hate filled statement saying look what you did to me. God is pained with evil choices, but His heart is for restoration. Words of FORGIVENESS and LOVE are similar to the ones Jesus expressed from the Cross, “Please Father, Forgive Them.”
This art touches the soul-Heals the pain!
God will bring justice to the badlands deserts.
How are you and your art to be involved with God’s heart toward righteousness, anti-trafficking, stopping bullying, for peace, against abuse, forgiveness, and LOVE?
Dry barren lands will turn into well watered fields and gardens. Share the Hope.
If you have suggestions how creativity can speak out in this area, share in the comments, or come to my Facebook Page. I know The Breath and the Clay, http://www.thebreathandtheclay.com/ and Mystics &Makers http://www.makersandmystics.com/ are places to go deeper in art and culture.
Blessings on your journey.
CREATED!1 photos taken at The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial
2 Quote on photo taken from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/art?