Readers Question: "What, in your estimation, would be the best path for a creative and artistic, young (Christian) man to follow in a world so mired in de-motivation?"
My Answer is negative - Do not try to earn your living doing your creative or artistic work.
Fund your creative/ artistic work from your job- which has been chosen on the basis that it earns the greatest amount per hour, so you can work relatively few hours (perhaps part-time); and leaves you enough time and energy to do your creative/ artistic work.
So if you are a writer, don't try to live off your writing. If you are a real, creative scientist, don't get a job in 'science'. If you are an actor or singer, don't be a professional but instead an amateur.
As a general rule, under modern conditions, all large and powerful institutions of all types are corrupt - therefore only outside the economic realm can you be real, honest and committed.