As a Graphics Designer, is it a sin to accept and design club flyers?

This question arose in a graphic design community I'm part of, particularly within a church-focused design group. It was directed to individuals likely to provide insightful responses.

Nevertheless, a discussion unfolded as it brought forth varied perspectives from participants. Some individuals argue that it's not wrong, while others suggest it's subjective; certain voices advocate for censorship, while others express concerns about potential exposure to explicit content, fearing it could inadvertently influence one's mindset towards pornography.

This initial question led to an overflow of related inquiries within the group. For instance, someone asked, "As a Christian videographer or photographer, would you film pornographic actors?"

Following the initial question, someone raised another query: "My pastor is a doctor; should he treat only Christians?" This individual believes that one's profession should not negatively impact their mindset, as they are simply providing a service.

This made me reflect deeply. Before becoming a graphic designer, I was a born-again Christian. As a Christian, I understand that I represent Christ in all aspects of my life. Therefore, whether I'm working as a graphic designer, running a business, teaching, or studying, my actions should reflect Christ and bring honor to Him.

One of the administrators raised a crucial question: "Does the club flyer represent Christ?" He then emphasized his point by stating, "Whatever fills our minds is what we will produce."

As I was reflecting on this topic, a scripture came to mind from the book of Philippians 4:8, which says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Exactly, this scripture emphasizes the importance of directing our thoughts towards things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. It underscores how our thoughts play a significant role in our spiritual well-being.

Before starting a design, I make it a priority to search for inspiration and pray. However, the more I immerse myself in club flyer designs, the more my mind becomes filled with thoughts centered around that style. It's almost humorous to imagine praying for inspiration specifically for a club flyer – my angels must have had a good laugh at that.

Once I've completed the design and received payment, all the thoughts and visual images accumulated during the creative process come flooding back to my mind.

This brings us to the final scripture reference: "Flee from every appearance of evil." This means avoiding any behavior that could be perceived as evil, not just things that are inherently evil. We should steer clear of both actual evil and anything that even looks like evil.

Creating a club flyer itself may not seem inherently evil, but engaging in research that exposes oneself to indecent and unworthy images can give the appearance of evil.

In conclusion, avoiding the appearance of evil or any form of evil entails staying far away from it. While we shouldn't become legalistic about what others perceive as evil, we must be mindful of our witness to the world and our responsibility to support fellow believers.

Indeed, we should be mindful of our tendency toward sin. Instead of flirting with potential sources of sin, it's wiser to steer clear of evil altogether.

The reason why this issue may still linger as a question within Christendom is due to our differing opinions. It's crucial to introspect and understand why we engage in certain actions. We should refrain from judging others without first examining our own hearts and motives, as cautioned in Matthew 7:1–5.

I encourage readers to consider the question once more: Should a Christian who is a graphic designer accept or design a club flyer?

© Oluwadamilola Ajayi

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