As a Christian, we have a little more work cut out for us. We have to be in the world but are not supposed to be of this world. Our goal in life is to live for Christ and spread the Gospel. Because of this, should we really care about design? It is the Gospel, right? We shouldn’t have to make it look fancy to draw people in. Well, as a Christian myself, I know this mindset. But, I also can see what people outside our little bubbles are expecting. If you have any intentions on reaching this world—and specifically this generation and ones to come—you should care about design.
Three reasons why Christians should care about design.
God is a Designer.
Have you looked at all the gorgeous colors and textures throughout the earth? God did that. He put intricate little details inside objects we don’t even give a second glance. If you’ve never heard of the golden ratio/ the golden rectangle, look it up. Plants, animals, even our own bodies contain the golden ratio. The Greeks loved this concept and built the Parthenon using this method. Also, Christ was even a carpenter, so he used his bare hands to form objects for others. I’m sure they were very detail-oriented pieces. We can see that God has touched everything with His designerly ways, and we are supposed to emulate Him. Christ is our example, and if He cared about the little swirl on the snail’s shell, we should care about the little serif at the end of a typeface.
Do Everything to the Glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” If there is a better way to do it, but you don’t push yourself to figure it out, you are disobeying this rule. If you are trying to do something as quickly as possible, you are not following this verse. If you randomly mismatch things and it looks super cheesy—that is not your best. I know not everyone goes to school and studies these kind of things, but if your field needs it, study it. If you are sending out letters to thousands of people, it better be the best thing you could do. And if you can’t do it, find someone who will. I would rather help you than Christ be mocked because your tracts are barely readable and are misspelling words.
It looks more professional.
This goes along with the last sentence. If you are literally gluing the pieces together and want that rough, crumpled piece of paper sent out to people, this looks very immature. People who are not of the faith will point fingers at your foolishness. If you are adding 3D effects to every single little thing, that looks juvenile, too. The more professional your outreach material is, the more people will respect your business. And this is the same for web design. I can’t tell you how many churches I have seen that have terrible websites, and I email them wanting to help. Normally I don’t even get replies. There was one reply that said that “it[this website’s program] is way more complicated then using some tool to create a pretty page…” This generation wants “pretty” things and does not get drawn in unless it is sharp, clean, and modern. Design is and always will be needed for a professional business, and should be used at a Christian establishment, too.
There is one question that might be on your mind. You might be thinking, “I would be conforming to this world if I design!” Unless the design is explicitly inappropriate or against God’s laws, you shouldn’t worry about it. Don’t get me wrong, some people base design purely on how they think it should be. We definitely need to take into account the world around us and base our design on God’s beautiful creation. Symmetry, the golden ratio, organic shapes—these are things God made and we should be honored to use as inspiration. Don’t let the world dictate your will to live for Christ!