Why Are We Afraid To Be Christian Artists?

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Hello dudes and dudettes! Today we’re going to discuss a topic that’s been tugging on my mind for a while now.

I’ve noticed for a while that there are people in the artist community. Every art form. Particularly I’ve noticed, in the writer and singer community.

People who have said that they are Christians, are now saying that they are not “Christian writers” or “Christian singers”. And they don’t advertise they’re writing or music as such.

Why is this? What is the reason for this movement away from being a Christian artist?

I’ve heard a lot of reasons.

Some say it’s because being Christian is a label.

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Why is that bad?

I am a Christian.

Label me as one!

 

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I’ve heard a lot of writers say they don’t call themselves a Christian writer (I’m just using writer but this applies to all art forms) because of the “stigma” attached to Christian writers.

 

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Like………for the longest time I didn’t even know this existed! But out of the blue suddenly there arose this imaginary “stigma” around Christian writers? I looked, and really, no one can give me a definition of what this stigma is or who believes in it.

Let me tell you something.

Those people? Who believe in the “Christian stigma”? They will always be there. There will always be people who hated what you do.

Do you know what is the worst thing about this movement away from being a Christian writer (or artist of any kind?) The left wing people, they people who don’t believe in God. They love this.

They’re glad because we’re dissolving into the culture. We don’t stand out in anymore. We speak in vague good terms of hope and faith but don’t have anything uncomfortable to say.

Anything that draws sin to light.

I have been reading so many articles about how we can’t advertise as Christian writer because of the stigma attached to it. I couldn’t help but wondering.

“Is this a thing?”

“I didn’t know being a Christian writer was bad.”

“Do people really look at me weird for being a Christian writer?”

And let’s just say. Even if this being a Christian writer does have stigma around it.

So what?

If being a Christian has stigma around it then let people believe that. If being a Christian and glorifying God in my writing is now bad or uncool then I want to be uncool.

Wouldn’t it be ridiculous for us to say, “I’m not going to identify as a Christian because of the stigma attached to that. I don’t want people to judge me.”

Or what if a police officer said, “I’m not going to identify as a police officer because of the stigma attached to when I wear my uniform and badge. People will judge me and think I’m coming to arrest them. I’m just going to wear casual clothes. And maybe I won’t arrest that robber. I don’t want him to think I’m judging him.”

Doesn’t that sound ridiculous?

Guys, our job is not to blend in and be cool in the world’s eyes. It’s our job to stand out in this world full of darkness and proclaim Jesus’s name. 

No matter what stigma is attached to it.

 

Which leads me to another reason why some people choose not to call themselves Christian writers. Or rather, not advertise their books as Christian fiction.

 

I’ve heard some people say they can’t advertise their books as Christian because they have bad content and they don’t like how so many people are saying that they’re books have “too much content” for Christian books.

 

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Let’s just go ahead and say this, folks. If people keep saying your books have evil content that should not be coming from a Christian, you need to start considering what you are writing.

No, guys. The Bible says a tree will be known by its fruits, whether they be good or bad.

Check the fruits of your writing, guys.

Does your work honor God?

And I’m not saying the characters need to be preaching 24/7. Nor do you need to start writing sermons instead.

But we do the same with our lives.

We can honor God by the way we live our every day lives.

Treating our parents with due respect.

Resisting the urge to shout at our siblings. (I could have said be nice to them, but baby steps, baby steps.)

Going to work and treating those co workers that drive us out of our minds with kindness.

Not taking advantage of people.

Respecting Him with what we put before our eyes.

When you look at your writing, do you see a story that you wouldn’t mind letting God read? (Yikes, tall order, I know.) If a non Christian read your book, could they see the difference? Could they see that it was good and pure?

A good story can be funny. Or exciting. Or an adventure. Or a mystery. They characters can be full of flaws and totally messed up and even act un-Christlike.

But does your story honor God?

We can either be for God or against him. There is no in between. And there shouldn’t be a place that God doesn’t fully have control over.

Listen to this. Your story never even may mention God once. Or have a long or amazing message. But we all know that we can spot the difference between someone who’s letting God flow through their writing, and someone who is just doing their own thing.

How to handle bad content is a whole other subject. And your story can be filled with brokenness, pain, suffering, and grief. This world is full of that.

But please think about this:

Does your writing honor God?

Would God be proud of your writing?

(And I’m not talking grammar here XD or good writing style. Would God be proud of the way you handled your writing and what happened?)

 

***END RANT***

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this a bit more……serious (#help #pennysgonecrazy #whatswrongwithher) post. It has been tugging at my heart and I had to get it out.

Now. Should I be ready for a blast in the comments?

 

Maybe.

But.

I am a Christian writer.

Are you?

 

images via Giphy and Tenor

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60 thoughts on “Why Are We Afraid To Be Christian Artists?

  1. *claps* YES!!! Finally!!

    You said everything I was gonna comment. XD
    But I am a Christian writer, photographer, athlete, and amateur actor enthusiast, and if you think that’s weird, so be it. *grabs lightsaber* XD

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  2. I’m a Christian author. I just don’t write in the traditional Christian genres (which is a shame, because I’d love there to be more Christian spy and superhero books out there).

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    1. That makes it even MORE awesome then!!!! I actually write in a genre that there aren’t many Christians in either, but I wish there was more too. (Also, your books sounds amazing.)

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  3. *uses savings to buy an airplane ticket*
    *flies to NC*
    *squashed Penny in a hug until she can hardly breath*
    I LOVE YOU SO MUCHHHHHH!!!!!! I couldn’t agree more and I just (side note HOW do you make your rants make sense?! I can never follow a basic line when I’m ranting it all gets clumped and tangled and messy but this was SO CLEAR AND CRISP AND JUST PERFECTION AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    *clears throat and straightens skirt* ok, ok I totally 100% agree with EVERY word you said here it’s crazy. Like wow. Yessss!!!!! (Also I love that you didn’t use names but *winks*)
    And the illustration of a police officer OH MA HART it was such a perfect image!!!!! IM LITERALLY SCREAMING ITS SO GOOOD! Preach to the world girl!!! We need more people like you!!!!!!
    This is like a Bible College sermon I hear last year, Pastor John was talking about proverbial chains, the verbal persecution we as Christians are scared of. We avoid talking about it, behaving differently and YES, we’re SCARED to stand out. Because of VERBAL persecution!!!!!!! When we claim withou hesitation we would die for Jesus. *hate cliches, they’re a dime a dozen, wouldn’t be caught dead using one* (that’s a quote from my pastor) We say we will die for Him, but how many of us are willing to LIVE for Him? Those proverbial chains on the wall are something we should do EVERYTHING we can to EARN them. Christian if you’re not being noticed as different something is WRONG.
    *coughs* the end.

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    1. Wow. This comment is incredible. XD
      THANK YOU SO MUCH DEAR!!!! You are the BEST!!! ❤
      (And ha ha no names you but you know *winks*)
      Oh thank goodness I was hoping the police image would work well XD
      And you're very right about that sermon. We need to always be ready to live for Christ.
      Thanks dear for commenting with this amazingness. You're the best!!!! ❤

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  4. Amen, amen, amen! Oh, thank you for this post! Don’t hide your light under a bushel! Let it shine from every inch of your life! Thank you for your boldness and saying what I’ve been thinking for so long! I am a Christian Writer. Label me too, Sister! That’s a movement I can get behind!

    Btw, I love your blog title!

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  5. AMEN TO ALL OF THIS, PENNY!!!!! I whole heartily agree with every word!! Keep preaching, Penny. This was great. I was getting so pumped while reading it. 😂😂

    Jesus told us that we were going to face hatred or judgement because of Him. “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will stand.” Matthew 10:22
    Being judged or ridiculed by the world comes with being a Christian. Whether you are at work or even a Christian artist we are going to experience “persecution”. If you can’t handle it then pray about it, God will give you the strength you need. If you don’t want to pray about it then I’m sorry but you can’t call yourself a true believer of Christ because it clearly states that the world is going to hate us because of Him. *stops myself from ranting to the choir*

    Keep the good work up, Penny!! Don’t ever shy away from preaching the truth! ❤😘💕

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    1. AHHHHHH THANK YOU ABIGAIL!!!! Your comments always make me so happy!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
      AND AMEN TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID. Preach it!!! That is so true.
      RANT TO THE CHOIR GIRL. They need to hear it!!!!
      Thank you dear!!!!! You are the BEST!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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  6. Ah! I love this so much! I AM A CHRISTIAN WRITER. My content doesn’t really “mention” God, but I use a lot of underlying scripture in the dialogue/with wise characters & always try to stop blurring the lines of good and evil. When writing a story, I go against the crowd because to God, your dedication to him *is* black and white. There is no such thing as lukewarm. So I try to write characters who are redeemable, flawed. But not so far gone that they can’t go back to that child-like purity again. Personally, I don’t think I’d ever publish my novels under “Christian Fiction” but that’s mostly because I feel God’s pull of ministry through being published under YA or Middle-Grade. But that’s just me! I started writing a while ago because I could never find any clean books that weren’t about the same exact thing . . . over and over haha . . . so now I write mostly for fun but someday I hope to share it with others. 🙂

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  7. Such a thought-provoking post 🙂! I think some Christian artists (musicians in particular) don’t identify their art as ‘Christian’ because they make a distinction between their music and ‘worship’ music (what is sung in churches). They see themselves as Christians who sing not as Christian singers. The former does not restrict the content as much wheras the latter carries this expectation that christian music must be ‘praise and worship’. I don’t know if it is because they fear being judged (by non-believers or even by believers who reject anything that doesn’t resemble praise as un-Christian) or if they just don’t identify their music/art as ‘worship’. Who knows lol

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    1. Thanks, Jojo! I so appreciate your comment! And yes, I do agree with you. I think some people don’t label it as Christian because it won’t restrict them. And lol yeah, I guess we’ll never know for sure!!
      Thanks so much for commenting, Jojo! ❤

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  8. I’m a Christian hot dog eater. I’m a Christian employee. I’m a Christian writer. I think Americans could use a more holistic view of faith and not simply tie it to vocation.

    I do understand why rock bands wrestle with the official title of “Christian Band”. They make music but can a band have a collective religion? Or simply each member has faith?

    For writer’s I can see the stigma of uneducated or stupid being slapped on a “Christian writer” because we reject science (allegedly) and believe in creation, etc.

    I write about faith so it’s obvious what I believe, not sure I need to declare it – at least I hope the writing is clear enough that it should be obvious.

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