From My Journal
What does writing fantasy fiction have to do with a musing from my journal? Well, the musing has to do with where God’s love and justice meet. And in an artful way God’s love and justice are essential fibers woven into the tapestry of my fantasy fiction stories. Let me share the musing from my journal, and then I will comment on writing fantasy fiction as a Christian author (good article).
A Musing from My Journal
Where Love and Justice Meet
God is love, but that does not mean He is a doormat to be walked on. God is love, but He is also holy and just. Does a truly loving parent just let their children do whatever they want? No, a truly loving parent appropriately disciplines the child for the child’s good. A good parent is not a pushover. God is not a pushover. The following passage from Hosea 4:1-3 gives pause for contemplating where we are as a land. Pretty poignant!
“For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: ‘There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; even the fish of the sea will be taken away.’”
Sounds like it could be an indictment of America today.
The good news is that God’s love and justice meet at the cross. And John tells us that “…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)
Although our nation may come under judgment, we can be under the blood of Christ—free from eternal judgment.
My Musing and Writing Fantasy Fiction
Fantasy fiction is about the struggle between good and evil, between light and darkness. For the Christian author, that struggle brings him face-to-face with God’s love and justice, God’s grace beamed forth in the face of the fall. Thus, ultimately it has to do with faith and the payment Christ made for sin when He died on the cross, for without the cross grace is not possible because God is utterly just. But God is also love, and His love provided justice for all who come to Him by faith—grace!
God’s grace in the face of man’s fallen condition is powerfully set forth in Son of Cain, a story rooted in the pre-Noachian flood era that will have you scratching your head at the beginning and in tears at the end. Dar’ock, whose name reveals the nature of his heart, is one of those characters you will embrace one minute and loathe the next. Son of Cain is a story that weaves together the fibers of man’s fallen condition, justice (the consequences suffered as a result of depraved actions), and God’s amazing grace.
To one degree or another, those fibers are present in all of my stories. They are major themes in Wanzalara’s Cottage, Word of Honor, The Droll Child, Phantom Island Chronicles, Once Upon a Knight, and the Accidental Heroes series. Again, it seems to me those themes will be a part of every Christian writing fantasy fiction or any genre of fiction, for man’s fallen condition, God’s justice, His love and resulting grace are at the very heart of being a Christian.
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I find writing fantasy fiction a joy, and I trust you will enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoyed writing them. The Lord bless you!