Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
– Colossians 3:23-24, NIV
When you think of art not as an expression of culture or an examination of human nature but as a means to an ideological end, you risk creating a cultural experience in which you have closed yourself off to a broad swathe of the human experience.
Now read that again, and apply it to “Christian music”. Why has Christianity become sidelined in today’s culture? Because sometime long ago, we decided we’d rather (literally) preach to the choir than preach to the lost. There is no such thing as “Christian music”, anymore than there is “Communist music”. There is music that is good music, and music that is propaganda.
The fact is, unless we’re monks in an abbey, most of our life is spent in the world. When I made my living as a photographer, I wrestled with how to express my faith in art for years. I finally came to the same conclusion that the Apostle Paul did, namely, shut up and live your life for the Lord, and the rest will take care of itself.
There is no such thing as Christian music, because a melody can’t be a Christian, only a songwriter can. There’s no such thing as Christian art, because a canvas can’t be filled with the Spirit of the living God, only a painter can.
When I stopped worrying about HOW to take a “Christian Photograph” and just concentrated on making good photographs, I ended up satisfying both my Savior and my creative soul.
Why, it’s almost as if God made us to praise with our entire lives, and not just the stuff we do in church, or something.
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