As Christians, we are called to spread the Gospel throughout the world. That can mean talking to someone on the street, in a grocery store, or wherever; it’s simple; it’s easy.
Or at least, it should be.
But what about through art? Is art O.K.?
The tools we use to create art are TOOLS OF THIS WORLD and we live in a fallen world often referred to as “satan’s playground”.
So does that make art evil?
No. It doesn’t; is food evil? Food is “of this world”.
We’re supposed to try to stay alive, and God wants us to be healthy.
He gives us crops and soil. These are good things.
Similarly, God has given us colors, voices, music, etc. to express how we feel and our love for Him. These tools can be used to spread the Joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ.
(A common theme here at Wisdom Walk Ministries is that it is our ACTIONS that define us)
At Christianity.com there’s a really good article on what the Bible says about “creating things”. That’s what art is; a CREATION. God spent five days dividing the heavens, creating the sky, dry land, stars, sun, moon, fish, and birds; each day He was doing something different.
David observes in Psalm 19:1 “That the heavens declare God’s glory, the skies proclaiming His handiwork…”
Everything was created with purpose, but also with pleasure.
When we think of art, we often think of things like ‘The Creation of Adam’ from the Sistine Chapel —
— and we think of things like the Mona Lisa.
The greatest art should be pointing toward the Truth, toward God, toward Jesus Christ.
If God is the creator of beauty, there’s nothing wrong with things being beautiful.
That being said, some art should shake your foundation and offend you.
If you’re familiar with the online world at all, then I’m sure you’ve seen memes, etc. that OFFEND you; sometimes, it’s because it’s inappropriate, but other times it’s because your core beliefs might be questioned. And that’s a GOOD THING. Our faith should be strong; others questioning it can only make it stronger.
Pieces of art that offend can often point us towards asking ourselves the questions: “Are we on the right path; are we following what we’re supposed to be following?” Or are we buying into lies and brainwashing, things that are deceitful? It’s easy to do. Thankfully, it can be easy to fix, as well.
Listen to what Victor Wooten says about art in this video:
He nailed it, didn’t he?
When we have a talent and we want to express something, we must do it in the right way; in HOLY WAYS. Then it’s not manipulation; then it’s spreading the Gospel; the Gospel of Joy through Christ.
Get people to listen to what you are doing and then give them The Message.