We Need Higher-Quality Christian Art.

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Today’s Christian media needs some help. Granted, there are some good Christian artists out there. But for the most part, Christian music is shallow and repetitive. Christian books are cliched, and Christian movies are cheesy.

Christian art should not have this reputation. We have so much to share, so much truth and beauty to express in the things we create – so why do Christians continue to recycle cliches and chords and characters to give people a fuzzy feel-good moment rather than a teary-eyed sense of God’s majesty?

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” -Colossians 3:23-24

God demands our best, our diligence, in whatever we have been called to. And this extends to the arts, certainly. If we feel called to a life of creativity, we must then seek to do our best, to learn our craft, to produce things that honor God by showing His excellence. In order to do that, our art has to be objectively good.

A Christian message is not enough. If something is badly written or badly made, it doesn’t matter how many Christian messages it has crammed into it; those messages will not make it automatically good. And the art will not have the impact that it could have.

Our art could be an incredible witness to the world. But if we want it to show the excellencies of God, it has to first be excellent. So, Christian, learn how to do your craft well. Practice often. Don’t be a perfectionist; that’s not what this is about. But put effort into your creativity, knowing that we will never make an impact with books and movies and music that are forgettable and poorly-made.

 

If you are an artist, how do you seek to improve your craft in order to better serve God? Who are some of your favorite artists who create both high-quality and Christian media? Share in the comments! 

love, grace

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16 thoughts on “We Need Higher-Quality Christian Art.

    • graceevalyn says:

      Yeah, it can be hard to find Christian artists that are going deeper and less literal while still honoring God with their art – I don’t know of any off the top of my head, but I hope you find some! And I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

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  1. Grace Franklin says:

    I completely agree with you! I feel like the points you made, make us Christians seem out of date and you’re right. No wonder why there are so many teens and young adults leaving the Christian faith. I’ve been coming across people who have put a brighter, more up to date look on Christianity. They make it fun and engaging! Below, I’ve linked some Christian art stuff that’s fresh and current! From blogging to art to books, it’s all here!

    Btw, this was a create post! Very bold of you to talk about this!

    https://www.instagram.com/lizaproch/?hl=en
    https://scripturetype.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/suzannabaird/?hl=en
    http://hannaseymour.com/book/
    https://www.girldefined.com/
    https://caveofart.wordpress.com/
    http://secondlymagazine.com
    https://reflectionsoftheheartblog.wordpress.com

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    • graceevalyn says:

      I’m so glad you liked the post! I don’t think seeming out-of-date is the main issue necessarily, but it’s definitely a side effect, and one that can seriously drive some younger people away from Christianity. Representing our faith well is so important!

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  2. Hermione Montrose & Clara Oswald says:

    SO AGREE. The only good Christian fic I’ve ever read has been some novels by Lynn Austen and the Charmed Life series by Jenny B. Jones. I feel like a lot of Christian books mean well, but in their sincerity they come off as self-righteous and almost preachy, which is really too bad.
    Nice post–I haven’t seen a lot of over blogs discuss this at all!

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    • graceevalyn says:

      I totally agree! It is very difficult to write about faith without coming across as preachy, which I’ve found as I try to write fiction of my own. But that just means we need to be dedicated to spending the time and energy to do it well. One of my biggest purposes for this blog is to help readers find the high-quality Christian media that is out there…because you’re right, it’s hard to find.

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  3. Lily Calico says:

    Yes, yes, yes, Grace!!! I’ve noticed the same thing.
    I’ve lately been obsessed with a band called The Gray Havens. Their songs tell stories through metaphors and familiar allusions. I aspire to write music like this! Even though it’s often the same story of salvation, or about Jesus’ crucifixion, or about the struggle with sin, they show how creative and purposeful words can help draw us closer to and express our love for God.

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    • graceevalyn says:

      Okay, so talk about coincidence…I’m typing this response to you as I’m sitting at a Gray Havens concert waiting for it to start. I’m OBSESSED with them! They are the epitome of what I think Christian art should be – their songs blow me away every time I listen. I actually did a post about them a while back, and I still want to scream it from the rooftops: They get it!! This is what Christian music should be!

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      • Lily Calico says:

        WHAT!?!? I am soooo jealous!! That’s amazing. They totally get it. How long have you been listening to them? I think I heard Jaquelle Crowe talk about them on her podcast a few months ago, but I’ve been really listening to them for a few weeks.

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        • graceevalyn says:

          It was incredible. I got the chance to speak to them afterward and they’re sooooo nice – they’re both kind of softspoken and just very down-to-earth. I’ve been listening to them for a while now, maybe a year? I went through an initial phase of obsession, and then got tired of it and didn’t listen as much for a while, and now I’m obsessed again.

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