“These paintings, these poems and these demonstrations which we have been talking about are the expression of men who are struggling with their appalling lostness. Dare we laugh at such things? Dare we feel superior when we view their tortured expressions in their art? Christians should stop laughing and take such men seriously. Then we shall have the right to speak again to our generation. These men are dying while they live, yet where is our compassion for them? There is nothing more ugly than an orthodoxy without understanding or without compassion.”
– Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There, p36
We may find art hard to understand. We may not like what we see. We may (and probably should) disagree with much of what we encounter. But if you’re a Christian, then you cannot ignore it and you must not mock.
(Thanks to Sam Crossley for directing me to this.)