I love Bele Chere. It’s my favorite place to share the Gospel. It’s a massive arts festival, filled with hundreds of thousands of people. Most of them pagan and homosexual.
I’ve gone there for three years. Each time, I open air preached to thousands. This year I wasn’t feeling to good. I had headache, so I spent most of my time, when I wasn’t preaching, just listening to other street preachers and walking around. I took a lot of time to listen to the shock and awe preachers this year.
They said a lot of things that bothered me…heresy, insults and the like. But one of them said something that really bugged me.
“I don’t want anything to do with this pagan arts festival”
That really stopped me in my tracts. The truth is Bele Chere is not a pagan arts festival. I have called it that many times myself. I think most of my friends still do. Asheville, NC is a very pagan rich city. It’s very new-age and homosexual friendly. But the truth is that Bele Chere is a Christian art festival, in which no Christians have shown up leaving only the pagans around to glorify themselves.
The Arts are specifically Christian in nature. Jesus Christ is the creator of all things, and by default he is the standard of art. When Pagans get together for an arts festival, they are doing a specifically Christian thing, in rebellion to Christ and in opposition to his Glory.
I agree that pagans are not doing it unto the Glory of God, and this makes their blasphemy worse because they are using that which is given to man to Glorify God, as the very tool used to profane him.
But the Arts, no matter who uses them, are none the less still God’s. Humanist have no rule over such things.
I have to admit. I took some time and enjoyed some of the things at Bele Chere. There was a great blue grass band, I love blue grass. I really enjoyed hearing them play as another member of their band would juggle. It was awesome to watch and I truly was thankful to God for being able to smile and laugh as I watched them.
Psalm 24:1 played in my head, over and over.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
The pagans were walking around, singing and dancing, using what the Lord has provided to blaspheme him. The music, the arts, the balloons…none of that was sinful. The humanist’s perversion of Gods gift had turned Bele Chere into the “cesspool of sin” that it was. I am glad there were solid preachers of the Gospel there. I am humbled to be counted as one of them. Yet everyone is not called to be a street preacher. Some are called to be musicians and artists and proclaim the works of Christ that way.
We as Christians are very quick to throw out the word “Moralism.” We are quick to say that anything that doesn’t have a very specific gospel presentation in it…is indeed moralistic, but we must remember that like the arts, morals are a specifically Christian principal. When an individual does something “moral” they are doing something Christian. Pagans acting moral is certainly in rebellion to God, but none the less…what they are doing is borrowing from the Christian worldview.
Christians have isolated themselves into a small corner of the world. We have created very narrow and exclusive titles such as Christian Music, Christian Film, and Christian Television and by doing so we have stripped away the Lordship of Christ in these areas. Christ is not simply Lord over Christian music. He is Lord over all music. He not simply Lord over Christian film. He is Lord over film. Christ is not simply Lord over Christian Arts. He is the Lord of all Creativity. This is the fullness of Christ’s lordship.
This week, several of my brothers and sisters, fell into the same trap again. This time with another divine institution…Marriage.
As Christians and Non-Christians surrounded Chick-Fil-A’s others sat at home. Stating that the event would be moralistic because it was about free speech, and not about the Gospel. By doing so they are guilty of doing the exact same thing the homosexuals are. Admitting it is possible to separate Marriage and Christianity.
Like the arts, pagans can participate. Pagans and Christians can both be married. But Marriage is a picture of the Gospel. It is ours. To defend marriage is to defend Christ. With or without a Gospel tract attached.
We must not ever allow for neutrality. The Gospel covers far more than an evangelistic message. The Gospel is the story of God making all things new, for his Glory, starting (not ending) with the hearts of man and outpouring into everything. The Gospel is not only a presentation and exposition of Scripture. The Gospel is the actual physical work of Christ in restoring all things to himself, as all things are rightfully his.
By: Marcus Pittman