“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High; to declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute, and with the harp; with resounding music upon the lyre. For Thou, O LORD, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hands. How great are Thy works, O LORD! Thy thoughts are very deep.”
– Psalm 92:1-5, NAS
I am a Christian, first and foremost, a born-again, Blood-bought child of The Living God. As such, I believe that anything Beautiful is thus because it conforms to God’s Standard of Beauty. As a pianist, this means that I only want to perform things which glorify Christ, in both lyrics and in music- even if it doesn’t have lyrics! As a composer, this means that in my compositions, I strive to write things that conform to God’s Order, and to write them for His Glory. Further, when it comes to music for picture, I have no interest in scoring for films which glorify things contrary to The Law of God like feminism or the dishonoring of parents. I will not compose for films which display blasphemy, nudity, meaningless violence, perverse language, and other things which God calls wrong. As a teacher, this means that I begin every lesson with prayer to The One True God, and give Him credit for His awesome creative genius as displayed in this wonderful thing that we call music.
For too long, the Church of Jesus Christ has been playing cultural catch-up. We’ve let the world do the innovating, and then duplicated their accomplishments five years later and not quite as well. Yet Scripture calls us to press the crown rights of Jesus Christ into every area of life- including culture and the arts. (Psalm 111:2, Genesis 1:28, Matthew 28:18)
It is my heartfelt hope that in the years to come Christians will again seize the artistic helm of our culture; this is our calling as servants of Him Who claims all authority, and it is my passion.
Let’s pioneer again.