Christian Authors and Secular Influence
Secular Rather than Christian
For some Christian authors God has nothing to do with their writing. They write for a worldly audience, and the worldview with which they write is secular rather than Christian. Their stories are filled with the world’s language, the world’s morals, the world’s passions, the world’s view of pleasure, the world’s view of life.
A Christian author friend shared his latest story with me. He began with apologies. “You have to write this way if you are going to get published today.” I imagine Christ wept as my friend read his story.
Writing without Compromising Truth
The fact is, as Christians we can write stories that are true to life without compromising our Christian worldview, without compromising biblical truth. The Bible itself is true to life, but without glorifying moral compromise, from the fall of Adam and Eve to David’s sin with Bathsheba, to Peter’s denial of Christ. In these stories we see reality permeated by the heart and mind of the God who created the possibility of the reality in which we all exist.
The Place of God
How does God fit into reality? Where is He when we struggle with temptation? Where is He when tragedy strikes? Where is He when the world around us revels in moral perversion? What does God have to do with any of it? Is God really always there?
Yes, God is there even when it is anything but obvious. In the Old Testament book of Esther God is never mentioned, and yet he permeates the story of Esther and Mordecai and a courtier named Haman who attempts to destroy the Jews. The story of Esther encompasses worldly reality and yet the worldview it espouses is not secular. The heart and mind of God are foundational to the story. And of course, the book of Esther is history as well story.
God on the Ash Heap
All of my books are founded in a biblical Christian worldview, and although God as such is not always obvious, He is there for reality is founded in Him, whether the reality of our fallen condition or the reality of that which reflects His image in and through mankind. In my epic novel, Word of Honor, God is not obvious, but He permeates the reality. In my novella, Son of Cain, God is more obvious, because it is a story about the wonder of His grace toward man. Both stories deal with the tough realities of life in a fallen world.
It is possible for Christian authors to write reality without succumbing to glorifying the secular and tossing God on the trash heap.
What are your insights on the subject? Let’s dialogue.