I think the arts have been neglected far too long in the Christian community. Along with academia, the arts have been kicked to the curb from which the world picked them up and ran. They shouldn’t have dibs on this! Art originates from the very essence of who we are – creatures bearing the imago Dei. The image of God! As fallen as we are, we still bear His image. It is just part and parcel of the grace He bestows upon humanity. (Please reserve the discussion over the actual existence of common grace for a more profound blog post.) We bear His image and He is the Creator so naturally we are to be creative beings.
It seems that for quite some time now (a few centuries) the use of creativity and imagination have been deemed worldly and man-centered and something which believers should not cultivate. I find it perplexing really because when we create we are merely acting in accordance with how we have been designed. Granted there are depraved minds who create things that in no way bring honor to God or any semblance of edification to believers and non-believers alike, that however does not mean the creative process in and of itself is a bad thing. It simply means it is tainted with sin (like every other aspect of our human lives.)
To take a thought and turn it into a melody or a poem, to imagine a plot and turn it into a film, or to see something simple and translate it to a beautiful visual image for the world to see, is an amazing gift! God has given us these marvelous abilities and I think we are doing Him a disservice when we discourage our brothers and sisters from fostering them.
I think Christians should be out in the forefront in the world of film, music, literature, photography, painting, even dance! (I am a Baptist, a Southern one at that and yes I did just say dance!) We should be the BEST in all these areas because the imago Dei which we bear is in the process of being restored to its original state! Believers have renewed minds and therefore we should use them to bring honor to the One who has renewed them. Be it with a new song, or book, or a film, or a photo, wherever our passions lie we should pursue it and in doing so give all the glory to God and let His light shine in this world of darkness.
Taking back the arts is part and parcel of reclaiming the mind for Christ.
(Some of the greatest photography I have ever seen is here and the artist is a friend and brother in the Lord.)