Accordingly, we take the second commandment--as in fact it has always been taken--as pointing us to the principle that (to quote Charles Hodge) "idolatry consists not only in the worship of false gods, but also in the worship of the true God by images." In its Christian application, this means that we are not to make use of visual or pictorial representations of the triune God, or of any person of the Trinity, for the purposes of Christian worship. The commandment thus deals not with the object of our worship, but with the manner of it; what it tells us is that statues and pictures of the One whom we worship are not to be use as an aid to worshiping him. (44)But what really surprises me is how the Living Gallery is portrayed in its official description. Am I off my rocker, or don't many of the themes, buzzwords, and strategies of the Emerging Church pop up in this description?
In the Living Gallery, the imagined becomes real. Have you ever viewed a work of art that looked so real that the depicted characters seemed to almost move and breathe? Such imaginations come true as you experience works of art re-created life-sized on stage.Like I said, I'm thinking through this stuff and don't feel equipped to make dogmatic pronouncements. I'm just intrigued by what seems to be a strange juxtaposition, and I'm interested to see some diverse perspectives.
The program consists of original drama and special choral and orchestral arrangements tying together a breathtaking live portrayal of great works of art. The entire program centers around the life of Christ.
Although the drama and music play an important part in the celebration, the paintings take center stage in telling the story of Christ through this unique medium.
The characters you see portrayed in the paintings are live actors. A special set, costumes, makeup, and lighting expand the painting to more than three times its original size.
Come experience "art come to life"—a unique combination of art, drama, and music that together form the Living Gallery.