My son 18-year-old son and I enjoy listening to the Avett Brothers. Musical compatibility with a teen isn’t always easy, so I’m thankful. When he told me that some listeners wish they wouldn’t sing about their faith, I just laughed and shook my head.
It’s not that easy to take the worldview out of the art.
In Nancy Pearcy’s book Total Truth, she says this about worldview:
We might say that each of us carries a model of the universe inside our heads that tells us what the world is like and how we should live in it . . . The Marxist may claim that human behavior is ultimately shaped by economic circumstances; the Freudian attributes everything to repressed sexual instincts; and the behavioral psychologist regards humans as stimulus-response mechanisms. But the Bible teaches that the overriding factor in the choices we make is our ultimate belief or religious commitment. Our lives are shaped by the “god” we worship—whether the God of the Bible or some substitute deity.
Our worldview is the filter through which we view the world: Does God exist? If so, who is in control, God or man? Is there life beyond death? Is man self-sufficient or dependent on the love and guidance of an all-powerful and merciful God?
Your worldview will impact your answers to these questions and may be radically different than that of your neighbor or the person standing next to you in line at the grocery store.
In John 15:26-27 Jesus says:
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
If the Holy Spirit lives within us, a spirit of truth that testifies of Jesus Christ and enables us to bear witness of him, then practically speaking how do we bear that witness?
In active love towards family and friends.
In our daily walk, both public and private.
In the art we create.
You don’t need a paintbrush, a guitar, or a camera to make art. If we do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) then what we create should honor that spirit inside of us, not deny it.
Looking for the worldview is habit for me, but not for my kids. It’s important to teach them that everyone doesn’t create from the same perspective. When I hear “Next time I’ll be braver, I’ll be my own savior” in a song on the radio, I recognize the humanism and I need to help my kids see it, too.
You don’t need to be your own savior if you recognize that you have the Savior.
Whether or not we’re consciously aware, our art reflects a working out of our earthly salvation in the day-to-day, living in response to the unfathomable sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the cross.
Do you think about the worldviews represented in music, literature, television, art, and movies? How does the artist’s worldview influence what they create?
by Dawn Camp, My Home Sweet Home