This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. Titus 3:8
Art Speaks is an excerpt from chapter 12 of my book. I don’t do this very often, but I’ve been thinking about this subject a lot lately. So instead of re-writing something very similar, this section gets straight to the point.
The message art conveys can be very strong. Yet, in many instances, the message has been one of degradation. We live in a society that claims to be progressive, where anything goes, and many progressive thinkers have no problem preaching their gospel of immorality and situational ethics through the arts. Behaviors once considered a reproach are now commonplace because the unregenerate took a stand for their cause and their voice became louder than the voice of righteousness. Entertainment, for example, has become quite seductive by steadily displaying lowered moral values. We must not overlook the fact that art speaks. “There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance” (1Corinthians 14:10). These voices can be good or bad, right or wrong, and our silence or unwillingness to participate in a positive light has allowed darkness to dominate culture and art.
Parts of society even want to intimidate and silence the Christian voice by preaching tolerance. But their idea of tolerance would, in many cases, simply compromise moral standards in order to choose ungodly lifestyles without guilt—blind to the fact that their day of reckoning will come. If we surrender to this pressure, it renders us powerless while we silently and willingly watch people die without hope. However, the gospel of Jesus Christ can be preached in love, without condoning sin. As Christians, we should be more concerned about winning souls than being politically correct. It’s time to become godly activists, eager to combat irreverent voices with art inspired by the Creator Himself.
Jesus gave us gifts and talents to gain entry into peoples’ hearts, but to do so, we must take heed to Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” When transformation becomes important to us—to be and act more like God and less like the world—we will walk in confidence and be enabled to display godly character through the arts.
Excerpt from “Created to be Creative, find purpose and fulfillment through creative outlets”
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