We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Urinal ArtUrinal Art

“http://www.lamplighterpublishing.com/blog/uploaded_images/Urinal-Duchamp” If you can’t see the picture, you can see it on line, or I would suggest just picture in your mind a common every day urinal, upside down. It was first exhibited behind a curtain in 1917 at the Society of Independent Artists in New York but rejected as serious art. Although at first thought of as a practical joke, Marcel Duchamp’s a signed urinal, is now worth $3.4 million dollars! Yes you have read correctly! And this is not even the original but one of 8 replicas signed by Duchamp in 1964. This is beyond absurd but it truly demonstrates the depravity of man. Artwork such as this urinal is a part of what is called Scatological art. It is part of a growing movement that uses grotesque art, if it can be called art, intended to shock the public, in order to make a statement. The statement for scatological art is clear. What is being taught is that there are no absolutes and everyone man can do that which is right in his own eyes. Unrestrained morality in a culture evidences itself in its art, as also seen in the art of film and literature. Duchamp’s has even inspired artists to think of urine and feces no longer as subject matter, but as readymade art forms. Why am I bringing this to you attention? We need to teach our children how to discern in the art, film and literary world, what violates absolute standards and aesthetic values. The ancient Greeks, though godless, held to a conviction that obscenity was not to be tolerated in public view. Sex was actually considered sacred and not allowed on the stage. Profanity also was considered outside the boundaries of decency. Shakespeare for example did not even use the word for God in his plays for fear that it would be used in vain. Today, our children are being exposed to realms of evil and scatological themes of grotesqueness that ought to be forbidden. What has happened to an adult’s ability to discern? Just the other day a Christian school teacher shared with me how her daughter just loves the teen vampire and werewolf books. I really didn’t know what to say…how could she not know how harmful this literature is to her child? We need to wake up before it is too late. May I suggest giving your teen the book which quickly sold over 2 ½ million copies after it was published in 1878 or the story of a young man who changes the course of American history for woman in 1830…Personally, I have not read a book more inspiring and life changing than Ishmael!

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