It’s not art, it’s vandalism. It’s not chalk, it’s paint.
The buzz around the internet and social media today, aside from ebola, the shooting in Canada and ISIS…an artist who has defaced national parks in the name of art. And apparently she’s left a trail of this “art” in several states. National Parks press release.
“According to her Instagram feed, Nocket has been traveling quite extensively – she has photos tagged from all over the West, including stops in Carrizo Plain National Monument, Sequoia, Bryce, Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Rocky Mountain and Joshua Tree National ParksSadly there are those who choose to deface and disrespect God’s creation and justify it by calling it art. Good news is the National Park Service knows who it is and is investigating the matter.” – Modern Hiker
Of course throughout social media everyone has their comments and opinions, and many are crude and very judgmental. In no way am I justifying her actions. It’s a federal offense to deface federal land or property and she needs to be held accountable. But all the social media buzz about Casey Nocket, the alleged artist, has me reflecting this evening on Jesus and the reason He came. I’m reminded because of his grace and forgiveness I’m not judged harshly but instead loved and forgiven. I’m reminded that true repentance brings about freedom from guilt and shame.
2 Corinthians 7:10 – Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Since the news of Casey Nocket’s “art” in National Parks she has removed most of her social media platforms. Yes, as some have implied, she could be trying to hide her crime since she did post her artwork on her Instagram account. But without knowing her I’m not going to pass that judgment. Maybe, just maybe she’s removed all her social media accounts, even her Facebook, out of shame and guilt. Maybe she’s regretting her actions and has realized what she’s done.
Sure, you may not like what she did. I don’t like it either and just the other day while hiking a local state park I saw graffiti plastered all over a well known look out point. But whatever our thoughts and feelings are regarding her actions we need to be careful how we judge others, and social media is NOT the best place to determine who someone is or their action even if they are wrong.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? … Matthew 7