Creativity and Culture

Note from Pastor Kristi Graner

 



As I was browsing on social media recently, an ad popped up that featured some beautiful women’s tops – I thought they were gorgeous! I visited this company’s website and was quite surprised by what I saw. The beautiful shirts were there, but they also featured many shirts with witchcraft and demonic messages. Many of the shirts were pretty, but their message was clear! 

I didn’t purchase from that company, for two reasons:
1. I don’t want to be supporting their agenda.
2. I don’t want their clothing on my body.

I was frustrated and disappointed, because I couldn’t find something similar from a more wholesome source.

“And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these.” – Matthew 6:28-33 (AMP)

We serve a God who crafted everything. The intricacies and beauty of God’s creation is astounding. As we represent our Creator in this life, I personally believe that our lives – what we write, sing, play, paint, draw, etc. – should reflect the creativity of our God!

How that looks will be unique to the gifts, talents and anointings He has given each of us. It will also vary based on how we have developed and practiced our giftings.

Yet all too often, Christianity and Christians’ creativity pales in comparison to the lesser counterfeit and corrupted creativity that this world displays. Can I get an “amen?!”

At Dare to Believe Ministries, we are committed to bring more creativity to every aspect of life. This involves spurring each other on to be a more excellent representation of our Creator God in every area of our lives.

What does that look like? We are continually learning! Some of our efforts have included:
– Connecting with Streams Creative House
– Uniting with Kingdom Creativity International
– Incorporating creativity and collaboration into our monthly worship nights
– Teaching about the power of creativity in our Emerge Transformation School

Are you tired of what is being released in our culture in the name of creativity? The clothing, music, written word, spoken word, artwork, clothing…are you offended by the influence that worldly creativity has in our culture?

I encourage you to ask the Lord to teach you how to release and represent His creativity the way you were created to release and exemplify God and influence this world.

You are God’s chosen vessel to influence this world with His love and beauty.

Below you will see the first part of a discussion I had with our friends Brae and Jill Wyckoff about this topic and their ministry Kingdom Creativity International. Brae and Jill will be teaching at Dare to Believe Ministries in May 2024 and you can see a list of those events below as well!

My prayer for you is that you will learn to appreciate as King Solomon did – that kingdom authority and beauty can be released through representing our Creator God with creativity and magnificence.

Blessings,
Kristi

Watch the podcast!

Listen in to Pastor Kristi Graner’s conversation with Brae and Jill Wyckoff from Kingdom Creativity International and Kingdom Writers Association as they discuss the topic of creativity, writing and marketing with God!

Learn how Brae has been walking in his calling to shepherd writers…and his journey from failing English class to meeting the Lord, receiving several key prophetic words and starting Kingdom Writers Association with his wife, Jill.

This is a really fun podcast and we invite you to tune in and enjoy!