When I took piano lessons growing up, I hated playing Bach.
I know you’re probably thinking that I wasn’t a very good piano student. And that might be true, but it was evident that my heart simply wasn’t in learning and performing those particular songs. Compared to songs I actually liked to play, it took me weeks longer to learn to play Bach, and when I played Bach pieces, my performance lacked joy or emotion.
When it came time for my senior recital, I chose not to play any Bach. It’s the songs that I did play that I still remember and can play by heart.
Have you ever tried to do something that your heart wasn’t in?
For those who use their creative talents to make a living, like the women we will meet at the Pursuit Community Conference this week, they know how important it is for their work to be in line with their strengths and passions.
Christian creative professionals know this burden all too well. Their faith guides everything they do. If a project contradicts their faith, how can they, in good conscience, create that product?
A Christian creative professional puts their whole heart into their work, not only just to create the best product possible, but also as a way to honor God.
Take our client Barronelle Stutzman for example.
Barronelle is a florist in Washington that turned down a friend’s request to create floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding. Even though Rob had been a longtime client of hers, she could not use her creative talents for that particular event, since she believes God created marriage to be between one man and one woman. Now, Barronelle is being sued by the State of Washington and the couple.
“For artists, creativity is the very core of who we are. Our ability to draw on our deepest beliefs and unique sensibilities enables us to create one-of-a-kind works of art and works of the heart,” she wrote. “An artist really can’t separate his or her work from the soul. Even if I’d tried to do that for Rob, some part of my heart would not really have been in what I was doing. A man with Rob’s artistic eye would have seen that and been disappointed.”
That is why we at Alliance Defending Freedom want to protect the right of creative professionals to only take on the projects that are in line with their beliefs. When they, like Barronelle, are asked to use their God-given talents to promote messages or events that are against their beliefs, they should have the ability to turn those down.
We created Create Freely to share stories of creative professionals who are remaining true to their faith in their work, despite the challenges they face. Create Freely also includes steps that Christian creative professionals can take to protect their right to create according to their convictions.
Learn more about what rights you have as a Christian creative professional.
Visit CreateFreely.org to learn more and download a free copy ofCreate Freely.