The Elephant in the Worship Room

By Avraham Ben Yehuda

Okay, we’ve all been there. Well, at least most of us that call ourselves “artist” and question the idea of putting the word Christian in front of it. We’ll do it as a means of expressing to others that we have fully embraced The Messiah while ignoring the feelings of uneasiness and secretly believing Christian art, and sometimes worship music for that matter, is kinda bad. This is the behaviors of a soul searching artist that longs to know the destiny of their creative expression in connection to G-d without the confinement of religion. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. We’re the ones that go to corporate worship on Sundays, encounter G-d’s presence and then go home and wonder why we’re still creatively unfulfilled. Be honest! Not many of us want to address The Elephant in the Worship Room.

It’s typically preached that your creative talent is to be in service to The Lord, and as a believer myself I would never debate this truth. However, the questionable part of this statement is “in service”. Although expressing things that transcend this physical realm, the statement “in service” has been translated to “church service” due to our underdeveloped view of salvation, which doesn’t reflect the spiritual reality of it. In other words, we struggle with the freedom of creative expression outside of the arenas of church or ministry. Consequently, out of our sincere desire to demonstrate our devotion to G-d through being a servant to our ministry, we compromise our own artistic integrity and limit our infinite creative capacity to a genre called Christianity/Worship. Could this be why secular art is so inspiring in its appearance of boundless freedom?

In truth, the one who loves The Lord with all of his strength is the one that is limitless, but this usually isn’t seen through our art. At what point will we resist to paint religious pictures, sing religious songs as artist and tap into our inherited creative capacity as Sons of G-d in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), the eternal and loving relationship that He establishes through us? Was David confined to a genre within his creative expression? I sincerely doubt it, he had the one thing he needed to be one of the most inspiring writers ever, a relationship with his Creator. Believe it or not, this is all we need. Not a service.

I’m fully aware of the necessity for us as believers to come together as a body in Messiah for corporate worship. However, my intention is to bring to the forefront the powerful and transformative ability contained within the artist that has been portrayed in a negative light by a lost world. To encourage those artist that are in love with The Father to be the change you want to see. Show the world that there are those who use their gifts for G-d that don’t require an altar call at the end of it, but are able to inspire change and Holy Spirit-ual enlightenment through the power of their creativity and influence without compromising their Messiah or their artistic integrity.

Avraham Ben Yehuda

Avraham has worked on many short films of which 4 he directed, and 3 features as a Grip/PA. He moved to Austin in search of a more "movie-making" friendly community and has thus found it. His latest film that he wrote, produced, and directed has just been completed and is in the process of entering the film festival circuit in Austin.

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