“Your art will always express your philosophy. And so naturally, and intentionally, your faith in Jesus would inform your art. It affects how you talk about things, not necessarily what you talk about.” – Bob Kilpatrick
Beautiful quote! Probably the best I’ve seen in reference to the Christian artist. Probably my best argument NOT to produce “Christian films”.
The ever-pondered “do you make Christian films” question wears me down. Why? Because, what else would I do? Oh! You mean make films that wrap around some Sunday morning message? Films that look like a celluloid sermon? Well then, NO! Why prostitute my artistic talents to propagandize the Gospel? Seriously.
My artistic gift – if I may be so bold – is to tell stories; to tell stories about things that people care about and can relate to. Those stories may be of love or pain, loss, fear, and failure or of heroes and villains, underdogs, or cheeseburgers. They may be romantic comedies, family dramas, horror, sci-fi, or westerns. Might be a period piece, set in space, or shot down the road, modern day. Doesn’t matter. The fact is, my “faith in Jesus (will) inform (my) art” and ” it affects how (I) talk about things.” It’s that simple. I don’t need to “construct” some message to woo the audience, tagging the “big point” with mood music – at least not for Jesus – I’ll leave that for the Sunday Morning Producers. I’d much rather allow my audience to see Jesus as they develop a relationship with me through my films. It’s my opinion that the Lord can and will be revealed through my art as my art expresses my philosophy. No need to manufacture my version of the Gospel.