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"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen."

Romans 11:36

A creed is a system of principles or beliefs. In the arts, there are numerous, cultural unwritten creeds that we follow nolens volens. No one follows no creed. But where a creed terminates on man or art and not on God and the truths of God, it is a lesser creed. It is a creed only capable of the lesser pleasures. Those creeds, those systems of principle and belief that eventually regard art, or aesthetics, or skill, or performance, or artist, or anything other than God as the final and ultimate end of the pleasures that we do know in art, are unable to yield the fullest, most satisfying and enduring pleasures there are to be known through the joys of artistic expression.

The intent of the following creed is to act as a guide to both make sure we have the END right in our artistic expression, namely God; and to ask from which motive will we be able to secure the greatest pleasures of that End, namely, the pleasures of God in artistic expression. How that all plays out in the middle-land is what we will pass along to others as works of art. May our expression be as genuinely unique as God has made us, and may our artwork be of a skill and discipline that most accurately images forth the pleasures we have come to know and enjoy of God.

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AN ARTIST'S CREED RESOLUTION XI

TO NOT BED WITH THE CREEDS OF STERILITY, MEDIOCRITY OR SPINELESS-COMPLAISANCY AS THEY ALL
TRADE THE GRANDEST JOYS FOR THE QUICK AND TEMPORAL.

(REVELATION 3:15-19, I THESSALONIANS 2:2)

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AN ARTIST’S CREED

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
- Romans 11:36 -

GOD was pleased to make man, and GOD made man with creative capacities. Apart from GOD, man would not be, nor would man have any artistic, creative ability. Therefore, to engage in any artistic expression of man as being apart from GOD, is to both dishonor GOD, the Author of man and artistic expression, and to deny ourselves the full pleasures that GOD has intended for our enjoyment in art; culminating in our enjoyment in Him,
through JESUS CHRIST.

So with GOD’s help, and to the glory of JESUS CHRIST alone, as I engage with art,

I RESOLVE:



I. TO GROW in the knowledge, love, and enjoyment of GOD as I embrace GOD’s skillful, aesthetic emanation of what GOD knows, loves, and enjoys of Himself. (Genesis-Revelation)

II. TO PURSUE
eyes that see as GOD sees as I am presented with all that He has put to image in what He created. (Romans 1, I Samuel 16:7)

III. TO BOAST only in CHRIST in my artistic labor since all things were created through Him and for Him, and in CHRIST all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17, I Corinthians 4:7)

IV. TO UNDERSTAND
how, and to acknowledge that, my standing before GOD is exclusively dependant and grounded in CHRIST’s work on the cross, and is in no way earned by any worthy artistic labor I engage in. (Colossians 1:18-23, Romans 8, Ephesians 1-2:10)

V. TO PUT
my hope for satisfaction and provision in GOD alone through the work of CHRIST, and never rest my hope on art, audience, or self. (Deuteronomy 8:3, 17-20, Philippians 4:19, Romans 8:18, 31-39, Psalm 107:9, Matthew 5:6, Psalm 40:4)

VI. TO PURSUE
the joys of faithful obedience as a bondservant of CHRIST in all that He has called me to and charged me with in the arts. (Galatians 1:10, Isaiah 66:2, I Peter 1:22)

VII. TO TAKE PLEASURE
in art for the sake of enjoying GOD; the Giver of art for my enjoyment. (I Timothy 6:17, Ecclesiastes 2:24-25)

VIII. TO LABOR
to artistically articulate the kind of beauty that will continue to satisfy even after my effort at the tangible representation of that beauty has long been consumed or destroyed. (I Timothy 6:6-7, I Corinthians 3:13, James 5:2-3, II Peter 3:10-12)

IX. TO LABOR
in the arts in such a way as to lay up as much treasure in heaven as the HOLY SPIRIT enables and my faculties allow. (Matthew 6:19-21, Ecclesiastes 11:1, II Corinthians 9:6)

X. TO SEEK
the edification of others through my artistic labors. (Ephesians 4:29, Jude 1:17-23)

XI. TO NOT BED
with the creeds of sterility, mediocrity or spineless-complaisancy as they all trade the grandest joys for the quick and temporal. (Revelation 3:15-19, I Thessalonians 2:2)

XII. TO NOT DEFILE
myself as I study, with much discipline, the “literature and language” of the arts. (Daniel 1:3-8, Psalm 101:3-4, Proverbs 21:12)

XIII. TO DISCIPLINE my body and mind to fully develop the skills with which GOD has endowed me, and that in the strength that He gives. (Exodus 36:1, I Corinthians 15:10, Colossians 1:29, Provebs 13:18)

XIV. TO PRIZE
humility, as humility is more valuable and more beautiful than the most aesthetically pleasing work held in the hand of pride. (1 Peter 5:5, Philippians 2:3, Proverbs 22:4, Daniel 4:37)

XV. TO SEEK
the full pleasures to be had in art by engaging art through engaging GOD. (Romans 11:36, Ecclesiastes 2:24-25, I Timothy 6:17-19, Job 38:1-2)

Jason Harms

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