There’s been a few articles about Christian art passing around the internet lately. Some I wholeheartedly agreed with. Others not so much.
But what astounded me was the vitriol in the responses by many who named Christ as their beloved. Some of the articles and the responses labelled any Christian who didn’t do art their way as a fake or sellout. Depending upon which side you fell on compared to the speaker, you could have equally been saint or horrific traitor to the faith.
Can I be honest?
It gets very frustrating repeatedly being told by this generation that your art doesn’t have a soul because you choose to do it in a way that openly professes your faith in Christ. It’s incredibly arrogant to lambaste someone as a hypocrite or shallow because they’re creating art that mentions truths from scripture or the Savior who bought us.
Why does one way of doing things have to be superior or more spiritual than another if both are in line with scripture and glorify God?
Or rather dare I ask the true question?
Why does my way have to be superior to someone else’s simply because I feel strongly about how I’m supposed to do things?
“Who art you that judges another man’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Yea, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand.” – Romans 14:4
There is a disconcerting trend by those in the Christian “art” business to assume their art alone is deep, skillful, and glorifying to God. When in reality all this is doing is glorifying self and giving nothing to the Creator who bestowed those artistic gifts.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
There are numerous scriptures about our “work”. Art isn’t exempt from them. Our art must be honorable, conducted with integrity, and be done in such a way that other people glorify God. If the only thing other people do is praise us for how “real” we are or how “soul-filled” our work is, then we’ve failed.
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36
This applies whether I’m selling hamburgers or a novel. When all is said and done, I want that to be the testimony of my life.
Disclaimer: If it seems like my frustration is one-sided please understand I have equal frustration for those who advocate requiring “Jesus” in every lyric or story. It just so happens my “art” falls on the side of being clear about Who I believe in.