The little carved pomegranates in the desert tabernacle write a radical theory of “Christian” art.
The carved objects stand on their own. We are never taught what they “stand for”. They stand for pomegranates, which are beautiful enough to adorn God’s tent.
There is no further artistic act to connect the carved fruit to God.
Yet, we fret when Christian singers sing secular songs. As if there is the song, then there needs to be a Christian lyric to connect the music to God. Fools. God made pomogranates. He doesn’t need a commentary to enjoy them.