Christians whom the Holy Spirit has gifted with artistic talents must develop and use those talents to produce the best art possible. In Philippians 4:8, Paul gave us guidelines for this endeavor: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Paul certainly had Scripture in mind here, but not exclusively. For example, in Acts 17:28, Paul quoted pagan Greek poets, and he used their writing to glorify God! If pagans can create poems worshipping what they do not know, then Christians can certainly write about what we do know.
Our culture often produces things that are sloppy, sinful, or untrue, but Christians must produce God-honoring art that is excellent, lovely, and true. How are we to do this? First, we must start with studying God’s Word. Next, we must study excellent art, wherever we find it. And we must not shy away from difficult subjects but address them from God’s perspective. We can all learn from good art and produce works that glorify God.
A Prayer for America
Heavenly Father, Your Word tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from You. Help me to find the good, the true, and the beautiful wherever it is. Help me to shun mediocrity, impurity, and falsehood and to strive for excellence in everything. For I know that art done with skill brings glory to You. Wherever Your Spirit breathes, there life, truth, and beauty burst forth. Fill me with the Holy Spirit to create or to appreciate works of art that glorify You. In Your name I pray, Lord Jesus. Amen.
He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.