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1 Chronicles 16:34-36
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior;
gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
that we may glory in your praise.”
36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”

Geneva Study Bible

16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, [and] q glory in thy praise.

(q) He esteems this to be the chiefest happiness of man.

16:36 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, r Amen, and praised the LORD.

(r) He wills all the people both in heart and mouth to consent to those praises.

 

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.