Covenant America, an organization that works to restore confidence in the Declaration of Independence through art and spoken word, has created a fascinating gallery comprised of 15 moving portraits showcasing American history. The group’s goal? To inspire the nation to return to its moral roots.
TheBlaze visited Covenant America’s gallery at Glenn Beck’s Man in the Moon and we spoke with the organization’s founder, Farley Anderson, about how the initiative took root.
“We started this project five years ago with the idea of creating art to help churches and religious organizations to focus on the great miracles of the American Revolution, because if we could see the great miracle then, we can also see the miracle in us,” he explained.
So, he brought together 12 artists to strategically create 15 paintings that he hopes will be used to inspire the next generation to return the nation to its Judeo-Christian roots.
You can view a virtual gallery on Covenant America’s website, but here are five of the most intriguing portraits from the collection:
God Protects the Covenant
Painted by Lee Griffiths, this particular piece features a statue of George Washington. Behind the president’s image, you can see a storm brewing, with lightening raging.
The purpose of the statue is to remind viewers of Washington’s legacy. But the garden, which shows that this legacy is alive and well, also appears to be neglected and parched. The storm is a symbol for the issues facing the U.S. today.
“The shallow rooted (annual) plants of the foreground may not make it, but the deep rooted part of the garden in the rear still has strength and when re-nourished from heaven will thrive,” a description reads.
Artist Mike Malm’s painting highlights the notion that there is a covenant between God and man. But it also shows the many essential relationships that exist in contemporary society.
From the family — a cornerstone to civilization — to the covenant that revolutionary war fighters made in their efforts to create new nation — the painting is wide-ranging.
A church, which has a relationship to the society as a whole, is also included, along with some Boy Scouts. The painting’s caption is “One Nation Under God.”
The American Covenant
Artist Albin Veselka captured a fascinating relationship that many Christians believe should remain intact in American society.
On one side, you have the government and on the other side you see the people. While officials are offering a contract to citizens, there is a third party in the relationship — Jesus Christ.
The Christian savior is seen hovering above the scene. In explaining the relationship between the parties, the diorama description reads, “Like a holy marriage, the covenant is between God, the people and the government.”
The point of the painting is to drive home the fact that the nation’s success is dependent upon a relationship between God, the people and the government. Currently, Covenant America believes that this dynamic is in crisis and needs to be repaired.
Remembrances the Benediction
One of the most interesting paintings, the next piece, entitled, “Remembrances the Benediction,” looks like it’s 3D — but it’s not. The image, which includes George Washington’s portrait, the Bible and other symbols pertaining to faith and politics, is stunning.
Painted by Debra Teare, the portrait is meant to show mementos inside of a box, which makes the 3D nature all the more intriguing:
The Divine Perspective
This is, perhaps, the most unique painting in the Covenant America diorama. It shows the universe and the earth, seemingly from God’s perspective. In essence, it highlights the fact that the Almighty can see everything that is unfolding at the same time, as he is transcendent.
According to an official description, artist Jeremy Winborg “reminds us a higher and greater view comes as we seek to know the will, law and mind of God.” The beautiful colors and design capture the imagination, while also showing a more heavenly view.
You can see all 15 paintings here. You can also view them in person at Man in the Moon (inside Little America)