Is Church Life Stifling Your Creativity?

Donald Miller

When Solomon wrote Song of Songs, a dramatic opera about a young, poor woman who fell in love with a Shepherd king, do you think he had “the voice of the church” in his head? Do you think he was worried about what a group of people might think? Of course the evangelical church didn’t exist, then, and neither did the collective evangelical consciousness, but what I mean by that question is that if Solomon were writing today, and were writing an Opera for young kids about the ways of love, he would no doubt be attacked. My guess is the criticisms would be listed as such:

1. His opera does not mention God. Why wouldn’t he use this opportunity to bring people to God? He’s a Godless man.

2. His opera is erotic, filled with sexual imagery and even sexual instruction. It’s unfitting for any person to read, much less young couples.

3. It’s confusing. We don’t know where the acts begin. It isn’t structured. It’s amature.

4. He never mentions sex should be saved till marriage, so he must be endorsing pre-marital sex.

5. There seems to be no point to the work. If he’s trying to teach something, you can’t figure out what it is, and if he isn’t trying to teach something, what’s the point of reading it or listening to it as an opera?

And so on and so on.

Here’s the point of this blog post: There is a difference between what “the church” wants you to do and what God wants you to do. Do what God wants you to do. Go and create, even as you were made to create.

Donald Miller

Donald Miller

Donald Miller is a student of story. He helps people live a better story at Storyline through this blog and the Storyline Conference. He helps leaders grow their businesses at StoryBrand, where they get an entire marketing education in 2 days at his Workshop. Donald lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy. For regular updates, follow Don on Twitter (@donaldmiller) and Instagram. To read more of his posts on the Storyline Blog, click here.

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  • Phil Cooke

    Do you mean “amature” as in “amoral” or do you mean “amateur” as in non-professional? :-)

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  • Rob Pritzlaff

    I’m surprised that this is still an issue.

    Francis and Franky Schaeffer both made clear commentary on this issue.
    When you have self-perpetuating religious institutions run by Robert’s Rules of Order, it is no wonder that creative voices are suppressed and/or deemed not right with God.(their dogmatic image of God)

  • bitsy

    The theif comes only to steal, kill, and destroy: I have come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10
    The thief doesn’t want creative Christians, and he certainly doesn’t want Christians to educate themselves about the faith they proclaim. The scripture above tells me who steals (stifles)….and it’s not God or the church. Pharisees had no problem with Song of Solomon and they were extremely legalistic, yet people created. I just wonder how much artistic freedom Islam accommodates it’s followers. I didn’t think prudery was an exclusive trait of evangelicals, they are downright risque showing kneecaps in public.