Reflecting on Christian Authors and Faith
In the last few posts I have shared musings from my journal and how the content of those musings impact me as a Christian writer. In this article I look at the nature of faith and observe that true faith affects the totality of a person’s life. That being true, then faith must of necessity imbue the Christian author’s writing? So let us contemplate the nature of faith. The following was taken from my journal and also appears in my book, Reflections of a Searching Soul.
The Nature of Faith
We are told in Philippians 2:13 that “God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” And I Thessalonians 4:1 similarly states “that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God.” Colossians 1:10 challenges us to “lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him.”
I sometimes wonder if we are truly living for God’s pleasure or for our own. Perhaps in our brokenness we vacillate between the two.
Is it possible that we are so focused on “going for the gusto” here and now – living for our pleasure – that when Death’s shadow falls on our door we are stunned, shaken, unprepared?
As I contemplate that possibility, my thoughts turn to faith, and a question comes to mind. Are we expecting faith to give us a “good life” now, or to carry us beyond the veil to a better life? Hmm. Is here and now faith really faith, or perhaps an attempt to manipulate God for our pleasure?
Faith delivered Enoch from the trial by deluge, not in the “now” but beyond the veil. On the other hand, faith took Noah “through” the trial by deluge, but did not deliver him from that trial. His was no Caribbean cruise!
“Lord, don’t let bad things happen!” Then, in spite of our prayer, something bad happens. “I had faith but God failed me!” No. That is not the nature of biblical faith. In reality, that kind of faith is a pipedream. Biblical faith trusts God – period!
Do I pray for such things as safety, protection, provision, health, healing, joy in the journey? Yes. However, I pray trusting God’s love and wisdom in the answer, whether yes, no, or we’ll see.
Faith does not demand its own way. Faith trusts God with a view to His pleasure.
Christian Authors and Faith
To make application of the above musing to Christian authors requires honest personal evaluation. The author has to ask whether they are “conjuring” a faith concept in order to manipulate God for their own ends, or whether their faith simply “trusts Him” to work for His pleasure through their life—and writing—no matter the external circumstances—good or bad. In other words, as a writer, am I living for me or for Him? If I am living for Him it will impact my writing. I will write for His pleasure rather than my pleasure. He will inform my writing. I agree with Flannery O’Connor that once written the path of the book rests in God’s hands. That is the nature of true faith.
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What are your thoughts on the subject? Whether Christian authors or readers I encourage you to engage with me.