Sunday, November 13, 2016

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Ernest & Gregory Disney-Britton
"Jesus Let Them Eat Cake (2016) by David Hayward. Image courtesy of the artist
In the early 17th century, when his country was deeply divided by class, with a tiny minority of super wealthy people and scores of helpless outcasts, Caravaggio used his paintings to push for social change. In the 1980s, it was American artists like playwright Larry Kramer who targeted Ronald Reagan for ignoring AIDS deaths. When George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004, and so many blacks were in despair, writer Toni Morrison reminded us, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work." During this week's concession speech, Hillary Clinton quoted Galatians 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Now more than ever, we need artists. We need art like David Hayward's "Let Them Eat Cake" to remind us that Jesus invites all to share the cake.

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