(Philippians 4:8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
All things to do with creativity, especially music, has always been inspirational to me. I have dabbled in nearly every art form at one time or another. Learning to play guitar was a source of great joy for me before Arthur Itis came to visit and took up residence in my hands. I’ve never been attracted to rock and roll, though, not even as a teen (when rock and roll was invented), so I am equally not attracted to the more raucous Christian music which, to me, is merely rock and roll with Christian lyrics. But I have always walked a solitary path and have never expected that anyone else like or see things the same way I do–and, not surprisingly I rarely find any who do.
I have often thought of God as not just the Great Creator but the original author of creativity. Just look around at the naturally created wonders we live among. Humans are beautifully, mysteriously made, as well, each with commonalities and individual differences, each of us like one-of-a-kind art. God imagined His Creation and then spoke it into being. Even the laws of science are His creation. For every action there is reaction, for every positive there is negative; God designed it thus for His own good purpose.
Paint on canvas can represent uplifting images or the basest of humankind’s dark side. Film or pixels capture and reproduce photos and movies representing either good or evil. Words can be combined on paper or spoken that either lift us up or debase us, that inspire us to strive to be better, to learn and grow, or seduce us into self-destructive bondage.
And so it is with all mediums but especially musical notes because music is able to tap into our deepest wells of being.
I am intuitively aware, however, at how easy it is for Satan to use our natural attraction to and desire to create things against us because the downside to creativity is that its underlying OS is passion, which is the most unstable, least reliable human emotion, and therefore our weakest point of entry.
But it isn’t the tool or the software that keeps God’s children at odds with His perfect will but how we choose to use unbridled passion for self expression. God made us in His image, including the propensity for innovation and creativity and He gave us free will to employ it productively or destructively. How we choose seems to be dependent on our spiritual maturity. There seems to be a place inside our unconscious human experience that is somewhat bent toward addictions, like children craving candy. In these shadows is where obsessions and idolatry lurk, waiting for any opportunity to leap out and take control. Only maturing in the spirit can recognize and thus muster the strength necessary to overcome this inherent weakness and therefore subdue, refine and master passion in order to create those things we were admonished to fill our thoughts with.
We are unique combinations of strengths and weaknesses but we resist understanding and accepting this real condition because we continue to expect that God has issued a one-size-fits-all manual to sanctification. This failure to allow for God’s infinite creative variety is why we strain to co-exist, and why we struggle and fail to devise the perfect vehicle of religion that will accommodate us all on our journey to God.
Psalm 139:14 I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.