Absolves me from attempting to gratify God
“Logistically I suppose my process of making art is driven less by abstractions of faith or politics and more by practical theory: composition and balance and color,” said Stevens. “It’s not so much that faith influences us as it lives in us. In every circumstance (giving a speech or tying my shoes), I am living and moving and being. This absolves me from ever making the embarrassing effort to gratify God (and the church) by imposing religious content on anything I do.”
- Sufjan Stevens, this interview
This is a pretty satisfying answer to me, and really brings the question of 'Christian art' down to earth. This is helpful for my mercantile works, like the Storm Cellar, which people hoped would have a clearly articulated "second story" (to borrow Nancy Pearcey's 'two-tiered' notion) of meaning apart from making a good (and true, and beautiful) used clothing store.