Musing about changing culture as an entertainer

Posted: June 29, 2010 in blogging
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Shawn Bolz Folk ArtExcerpt from an article I did for a friends magazine

Culture : cul·ture Pronunciation: \ˈkəl-chər\ Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving.

God is rising up artisans all over the world to redefine culture.

As a matter of fact, this is a defining generation just like in the time of the great Renaissance period. The renaissance pulled people out of a dark age. The arts, science, literature, and music all released advanced themes that pushed society into the quickest advancement the world had ever seen and its happening again, and you get to be part of it

Artisans can impart subjects and themes into society more quickly than any other means of assimilation. Just like a picture is worth a thousand words, art with meaning is worth a thousand seminars. In other words change happens quickest when its themes are carried through a creative work. Religious Leaders and Politicians can not affect some of the greater changes in society that need to be made without a conditioning or imparting of the culture of this change.

Every Kingdom, government, and land has a culture. The Kingdom of Heaven also has a culture, and God is releasing artisans to be culture champions of the most amazing Kingdom there is. That means that God wants to give you access to Biblical AKA heavenly understanding so that you can bring clear representation of what He is thinking.

Colossians 3: 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds (affections) on things above, not on earthly things.

Artisans are the trainers of affection; the ones who help set humanities focus and develop society’s direction that their emotions and hearts will embrace. They are the ones who bring about intentional thinking that is forward moving.


When Jesus proclaimed the great commandment “Love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” It was never supposed to be separated into two, right down the middle.

In 1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. *(the world sees the face of God when we love one another).

In other words, when people see love they see God. As an artisan of the entertainment world, you are called to reveal self-love, romantic love, family love, city love, national love, nature love, and educational love, all of the loves that reveal what God looks like!

Religious institutions seem so preoccupied with defining the first part of worshipping God that they have advocated the second part of the great commandment to the world to do….we are called to define relational love and it is what reveals God in a way that we cannot help but worship.

Instead of the radio being filled with songs that pervert the concept of the culture of love, movies that distort the view of true love, and fashion that pulls away from the purity of what love is, what will happen when you rise up as a co-creator with God to influence and birth a new kind of culture, an original culture of what it was like in the garden.

When believers begin to see their role of authority to define love and tell stories that birth culture and identity, we will see a move of transformation like there has never been. Why did Jesus proclaim we will do greater things then we saw Him do? Because we have the tools now to see a revival through the greatest demonstration of beauty in all of these industries that hadn’t even been formed yet except in the imagination of God.

Are you ready to shift culture?

Signing off,


I wanted to include a clip of a culture changer I love and his interview: Paul Young

  1. christina says:

    Amen. i just listened to a recording where Lou quotes “Give me control over he who shapes the music of a nation, and I care not who makes the laws.” I know this is connected to God’s heart bc the book of Psalms is a whole section of God’s Word, commissioned by David, who dramatically reshaped his nation’s culture, and was a man after God’s heart. This also extends to artisans, storytelling & the media. So happy someone is teaching about this from a non-bitter perspective…We can’t shun or avoid culture. We can’t escape it either. It is “us”. And every age is shaped by culture. As a teacher I can vouch that every parent, teacher, mentor, authority figure, & spiritual leader is competing with the voices of our nation’s music, media, the arts and cinema….so we had better pray that Godly ones “speak” forth and echo Truth.

  2. Minda says:

    Selah. Let those with eyes see and those with ears hear.

  3. Jan Atencio says:

    Thank You, Shawn, this put into words what I have been feeling in the deepest creative part of myself. Also what I am seeing Him do in other creative friends. There is a cry rising up that cannot be must be released. You prophesied a prophetic jewelry business over my husband and I in Albuquerque several years ago…and it has been birthed…in the small stages yet…but we see that it is going to blossom. Blessings.

  4. Annie Henson says:

    Yes, as a elementary teacher, in a school where poverty is the culture, the breakthroughs have been coming for me in the classroom through the arts. That is when the Holy Spirit takes me, and captivates the children, and they become creative beings and for the moment in time they are transported from their mindset to new possibilities. It has happened in art, and it has happened in music, as I play my latest favorite from Ben Dunn’s Love Cloud album, and the kids get that this is different even without Jesus mentioned, its love……..I think the more we bring back music and the arts into these schools, the more we will have breakthroughs in other areas of our teaching. Too bad, it is the first thing that gets taken out because of budget or time.

  5. Jason says:

    “Artisans are the trainers of affection” Love, love love it!!! What a great read! Amen bro!

  6. Theresa Dedmon says:

    This is my heart and I know that we are on the cusp of a new way of viewing the power of our mandate to not only reflect but personify the relationship of love through the eyes of artisans like Paul Young who are bold enough to go where formalized church cannot- into the arms of God Himself! Keep writing Shawn!! Loved it! Theresa Dedmon

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