I don’t mean that Christians don’t appreciate the arts, I know plenty that do. What I mean is that a lot of us tend to overlook them as secondary and sometimes just leave them to the secular world. If Christianity is true, it applies to everything, including the arts.
Whether we realize it or not, art defines culture, and culture defines people. The things we choose to look at and to listen to shape the way we think. If we fail to be Christ’s hands and feet in regards to art, we will be missing a grand opportunity to reach people. So often we overlook the importance of art by thinking it is somehow less important than preaching, or missionary work, or whatever else.
I hear many complaints about today’s media. Many of my friends both Christian and non-Christian tell me what a shame it is that all we seem to be seeing in the world of art and hearing in the world of music is violence, sex, profanity, and whatever else. I think this is where Christian artists come in. There is a great amount of talent among Christians, but I think one of the problems is that we limit it so it’s only found in Church buildings and Christian bookstores.
I think we need more Christians to step up and share the Gospel in their work. That does not necessarily mean that they can only paint pictures of Jesus, or only make movies with a Christian central message, or only sing about God. In my opinion it looks like this: “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent, or praise-worthy, think about such things” (Philippians 4:6). As the body of Christ we are called to share the Gospel not only with our words, but also with our works. Our art should be true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy.
The world of art is too valuable for us to ignore it. I know that God has called many of His people to be amazing artists. Beyond that, I know that God calls all of us to honour Him and to be excellent in everything we do. Followers of Jesus should be the best at what they do, whatever that may be. Let’s not confine ourselves to our ‘Christian bubble’ but rather let’s set the standard for what beauty should be.
That’s what’s on my heart today. What’s on yours?