As a university student, I am offered hundreds of options to elect as my field of study. According to these standards, in four years I will be considered competent and be able to move into a career that is designated by my chosen field of study.
I have chosen to study Graphic Design and Secondary Education – Art.
As someone with who is right brain dominant, it made total sense to take on this move along with my second major to be an education major because of my desire to teach and learn.
A common question is how this relates to my belief system. This is an understandable question due to the fact that Christianity fueled many creative revolutions over the centuries. However today we live in a pre-dominantly secular universe and being able to define what makes Christian art is more difficult. As a Christian, am I required to make obviously Christian art? Or do I just make art?
Immediately in Genesis, it talks about God creating all things and then it discusses making man in His image. & If man is created in His image, the image of a God who creates then surely we are meant to create.
However if we are called not to be of this world (romans 12:2) and not to neglect the gift we have been given (1 Timothy 4:14). How do we construct our art?
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17)
This is how we construct our art, by giving the glory to God & God alone. We have been called out of this world, but that does not mean we solely make blatantly Christian art. If you are an artist, whether visually or vocally. You recognize that often the Bible doesn’t address both sides. But we do know that we have been called to do this work. Vocal art can be easier to give God glory, but is that to say that music that does not blatantly promote the Gospel not give God glory?
I think it is just the opposite. I believe that if we do it for the glory of God then He is pleased. I believe that He is pleased that we are doing what we have been called to do. I believe that if we were not meant to sing these lyrics or paint in such a manner, that we would feel convicted about our work and not continue in doing such. God will get glory in how we conduct ourselves when it is for His glory even if our work does not blatantly yell Christianity. Because Christianity is about the human condition and our brokenness and therefore He can and will be glorified.
Art causes people to ask what caused it to come to genesis and why the creator did such a thing. It causes us to ask questions and those questions/answers can lead us to faith. It can lead us to address our brokenness.
Think about it.