If Art is Your Gift, Embrace It Joyfully!
The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you. (Exodus 31:1-6, ESV)
Most likely you have come to this post from the link at the bottom of my website. There’s a method to the madness of my having done that.
The career of every man of faith comes to a point where he must make the decision of whether he ought to put forth what it is he believes and let the world at large see it. That decision might be made based on how the professional believes the market will respond, how his followers will respond, or the professional’s own personal fear.
My work, so far, is a kind that appeals to all sorts of persons. So why quote a verse of the Christian scripture at the risk of alienating some of my audience?
There’s two reasons for this.
First, I believe that art has more meaning when the man behind the art stands for something. We live in a mercenary and ever-changing world. Feelings of transience wear on people. We want to anchor ourselves in the context of something greater, and we tend to admire the people who have the courage to stand for something and be up front about it.
Second, young artists who are themselves committed Christians need to see more advanced artists who are themselves open or unashamed of their faith.
Without regard to any specific person or group as an antagonist, I think that the young Christian artist can become scared of being an artist. First in the larger world because of a fear of not being taken seriously because of their faith, and second in the Christian world because of how Christians themselves may not always highly regard the arts.
My desire is not to alienate those in my audience who come from a different walk of life than I do. My desire is to embolden and encourage the timid artist who is unsure of himself because of the challenges his faith presents.
Regardless of where you come from, I am glad you came here, and I want to encourage you to be true to who God made you to be, whether that is as a musician, a craftsman, a laborer, a builder, or a visual artist such as myself.