Thomas Kinkade and the Gospel

I love Thomas Kinkade’s art. It is beautiful and usually proclaims a message of Christian hope and light. Apparently the art critic snobs did not agree with me. Kinkade died last Friday, and the art world is still bashing him. Kinkade didn’t care what the experts said, though. He just kept painting and selling. And he made millions because the public loved his light-filled work and message.

Why did the critics sneer? They called it kitschy, unoriginal, and pandering to the unwashed public. They didn’t like his idyllic subject matter, the deliberate Biblical message, or his technique. It just wasn’t sophisticated enough or avant-garde enough for their taste. Give them a blasphemous or inexplicable piece any day.

I am not here to debate Kinkade’s art. But the fuss reminds me of the gospel. The gospel is simple. Paul distills it to this: “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” I Corinthians 15:1-4 (NASB) Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah (or Christ), died for our sins and rose again.

That’s it. Simple enough for a child to understand, yet despised by the sophisticated. It is too crude, too simple, too easy for them. It panders to the masses of non-elites. The Pharisees couldn’t stand it then. They got Jesus killed and then stoned Stephen for preaching a resurrected Jesus. And the snobbery continues today. Just look at the elite academics’ attacks on the Bible for one example.

Go ahead, call me simplistic, foolish, and unoriginal. I will still declare that God loves you and Jesus died for you. It is the absolute truth. “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. ” I Corinthians 1:18 (NASB)

6 thoughts on “Thomas Kinkade and the Gospel

  1. linneann says:

    Have you ever noticed that Jesus is the only “religious historical figure” who gets bashed so hatefully? Not Muhammed, not Buddha. Yet his message is exactly what many of them say they believe in. I take it as proof. 🙂

  2. So glad you found my site so I could find yours! I’ve only begun to read, but very impressed so far. God’s word speaks of Jesus being ‘precious’ to believers, but a stone of stumbling and rock of offense to unbelievers. It is truly amazing how much Christ ‘offends’ them! They cannot even hide their feelings. You see it in facial expressions immediately, when you bring up the subject of Christ. It is actually more evidence that Christ is exactly who he claims to be. I’ll be reading your stuff. Write on!

  3. chris9911 says:

    Thanks for bringing up this info about Mr. Kinkade. There was always something to his painting that made me think about the beauty of all of God’s creation and how we are suppose to blend in with it, I never really did any research on the artist, but now I know he was an inspired painter. Looks like we might be bidding against each other on Ebay for his paintings 🙂

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