How this Art Professor Learned that Her Art Could Be the “Bridge for Redemptive Analogies to the Gospel”

Sometimes it’s ignored. Sometimes it’s just poorly done. Art and the Church have a fickle history and artists don’t always know where they fit in the Great Commission.

We spoke with Melanie Spinks, an art professor at Wingate University, Leighton Ford Ministries representative, and guest speaker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

She says rather than have a contentious relationship with art, believers can approach art with a missional mindset.

Spinks personally felt called to missions 20 years ago, so she approached several missions organizations hoping to use her artistry.

“I was already a young art professor at the time and I thought, ‘I would do anything for the Lord. Just give me a task,’” she says.

However, none of the ministries needed an artist. Spinks faced rejection after rejection, but it didn’t snuff her passion.

“I’m not a very emotional person, but every time I would hear about the nations my eyes would just tear up for the lost. I knew that God had called me and I have to plug in somehow to this Great Commission.”

Spinks signed up for a perspectives course and listened to a talk by Don Richardson. He shared the story of the peace child and how God hides redemptive analogies in culture to serve as bridges to the Gospel.

It was an epiphany for Spinks. She realized art can do just that — be the bridge for redemptive analogies to the Gospel.

“I feel like you kind of can bend the rules when you talk about art because art is so personal and people expect it to be subjective. They expect you to get [beyond] what is politically correct. Artists talk about politics and religion all the time because artists make artwork from their heart.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh