God is not just utilitarian. He is also an artist. He creates beauty pleasant to the eyes.
Creation not only gives us food and resources for life but beauty for the soul.
We cannot afford to underestimate the power of art to feed the soul with beauty.
Christians are like trees. Our congregations, churches, music, preaching should be ‘pleasant’ to the eyes, ears and soul of people everywhere.
The idea the church should be austere, ascetic is wrong.
Hardly anyone remembers Savonarola and his ‘bonfires of the vanities’, but everyone in the world recognises the enduring witness of Michelangelo’s ‘Sistene Chapel’ ceiling and Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ (considered ‘vanities’ by religionists).
God’s thumbprint in creation is ‘beauty’, something man can never match!