I consider myself a Christian writer, singer, and in general, a creative artist. But what is a Christian artist? Is he or she a person who only makes Christian art? Or a person who follows Christ and is an artist? I have the latter view.

What does it mean to follow Christ? Aside from the obvious, I quote James 1: 27.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV)

What kind of character is required to have such a pure and faultless religion that looks after the weakest members of society? (BTW, I include the sick, disabled, poor, etc., that Jesus said to invite to your parties in Luke 14:12-14.) A character of compassion, sensitivity, gentleness, selflessness, humility, and genuine concern for others.

Therefore, I think the work of a Christian artist should reflect some of the above. It may be subtle, but the Christian’s art should have some element of transcendence above the world’s values and everything that is in direct opposition to Jesus’ teachings.

The problem, however, is that Christians are also people, and people have failings. It is very difficult to keep ourselves pure and unspotted by the world. And the “spots” can creep into our life, thus affecting our art and/or how we interact with others when we are trying to promote our creative works. It’s an easy trap –  to fall into pride and arrogance when we are successful, and despair and jealousy when we are rejected.

The only way to combat this is to focus our mind, energy, and creativity on the art we do for Christ, and to work at it no matter what circumstances or other people may do to us. Leave behind a piece of inspiration for future generations.